Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


The struggle between the medical and social model of disability show the white supremacist nature of the medical model and the gaps within dominant use of the social model because it has historically centered the needs of middle class white children. The tug of war between these models especially appear during the 1997 reauthorization of IDEA that mainly dealt with discipline in schools, due process rights for students and families, overrepresentation of students of color in special education programs, school funding, and providing LRE.