Apr 7, 2021


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Week 1 – Assignment

Historical Timeline for Students with Exceptionalities

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The history of special education has included a long and arduous path for parents, teachers, and children as exemplified in Celebrating 35 Years of IDEA (Links to an external site.), but this process also has generated some very positive outcomes. Beginning in 1954 with the Landmark Cases: Brown v. Board of Education (Links to an external site.), the Supreme Court ruled that separate is not equal, and therefore educating children with special needs in isolated environments does not provide an identical education to that of their non-disabled peers (Expanding Civil Rights, n.d.). Since the passage of this groundbreaking legislation, other individuals and activist groups have followed suit, fighting for the legal rights of individuals with disabilities.


Prior to beginning work on this assignment,

Success Tip: Start preparing now for the Week 6 final paper! Review the Week 6 Resource Manual for Educating Students With Exceptionalities  and description to see where this artifact fits into your final paper. The Week 6 assignment involves creating a resource manual for students with exceptionalities to support Mr. Franklin and other colleagues. Preparation for this assignment must begin early to make certain you are thinking ahead and saving your work.


This assignment will allow you to better understand how relevant court cases and outcomes impacted the development and evolution of special education processes and policies over the years. As you navigate this assignment consider:

  • How these landmark cases impacted the education and treatment offered to exceptional learners.
  • How these court cases and outcomes influenced federal legislation that guides the foundation of special education laws and regulations.
  • How special education legislation and policy have progressed over the years and what changes are still needed in order to meet the needs of exceptional learners in today’s educational environments.

Take Action

Content Instructions: Using Visme (Links to an external site.)Tiki-Toki (Links to an external site.)Timetoast (Links to an external site.), or a timeline creation tool of your choice, you will create a historical timeline related to students with exceptionalities with a minimum of five entries.

Identify at least three influential landmark cases specific to the development of 21st century special education practice beginning as early as 1960. For each of the three cases, complete a timeline entry that will

  • Identify the case by name and date.
  • Paraphrase in two to three sentences a description of each party’s stance for each of the three selected cases.
  • Restate in your own words, a two- to three-sentence summary of the final court ruling for each of the three selected cases.
  • Explain in two to three sentences, using your own words, how the historical legal rulings you selected have supported the needs of students with disabilities.
  • Embed a relevant resource link to a website or video that describes each selected case in user-friendly terms.
  • Provide a list of all references.

Include two additional entries in your timeline: Americans With Disabilities Act and Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. For each of these two pieces of legislation, complete a timeline entry that will

  • Identify the legislative act by name and date.
  • Paraphrase in one to two sentences a description of the legislative act.
  • Explain in one to two sentences, using your own words, how the legislative act has supported the needs of students with disabilities. 
  • Provide a list of all references.

Create a document using this Week 1 Assignment Template  downloadto submit your assignment that includes a title page, the link to your online timeline, and a screenshot of your timeline overview. An important point is that you must make your timeline website “public” in order for the instructor to access your work.

ePortfolio and Assignment Submission Instructions

Submit Your AssignmentYou will need to submit your assignment to both Waypoint and Folio.

  • Part 1: Submit Assignment to Waypoint
  • Part 2: Add Assignment to Folio
    • A part of this assignment is adding your work to Folio. Folio is your free digital portfolio tool to visually showcase your academic and professional accomplishments and experiences.

For Week 1:

  • You can access Folio by clicking on the “Account” link in the global navigation of this course, and selecting “Folio,” or, by clicking the button in your classroom.
  • Select “+New Project” or “Add new project” from the Portfolio tab in your Folio account.
  • Add a project title: title your project with the course code, ESE601 Educating Students With Exceptionalities. You will add to this ESE601 project throughout the course.
  • Upload the link to your timeline: archive your assignment as part of your ESE601 Educating Students With Exceptionalities project.
  • Categorize it as Education.
  • Description: Each week, you will add to this description accordingly.
  • Skills, Tools and Software: List skills you are displaying through the completion of this assignment (here’s a Complete Skills List (Links to an external site.) of career readiness competencies).
  • Select “Publish.”
  • Provide a link to your Folio ESE601 Educating Students With Exceptionalities project in the submission comments in Waypoint.
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Note: If you need help with creating your accounts or taking screenshots (see take-a-screenshot.org (Links to an external site.)), please reach out to your instructor.

To learn more about setting up your Folio account and adding future assignments, view Setting Up and Using Folio (Links to an external site.).

The Historical Timeline for Students With Exceptionalities assignment


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