The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a clear and comprehensive mandate to ban discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The act has had a powerful impact on schools in that it strengthens “the least restrictive environment” principle and creates greater opportunities for a child’s inclusion in schools and the community.
42 U.S.C. Section 12132: Discrimination
Subject to the provisions of this subchapter, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.
and the ADA