Education For All Handicapped Children Act Or EAHCA
Education for All Handicapped Children Act or EAHCA requires public schools in the United States to provide equal access to education and a free meal each school day for children with special needs. This was enacted by the 94th United States Congress in 1975. This historical mandate significantly lessened segregation as it obliged schools to place their students with disabilities in least restrictive environments (LRE). Also, the passage of the EAHCA sought to remedy the educational inequalities by designing individualized education programs (IEP).