Date on Honors Thesis



Engineering Physics and Spanish



Examining Committee Member

Tanya Romero-Gonzalez, PhD, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Cindy Clemson, PhD, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Elena Picech Reisinger, PhD, Committee Member


This report addresses the laws, views, funding, and school system policies in the United States and Mexico. Children with disabilities are typically subject to misrepresentation, prejudice, and a lack of opportunities. The best chance these children have to succeed is an adequate education. The intention of both countries for the last five decades is to provide an equitable and inclusive education for students with disabilities. Although educational planners and policy makers in each country pass federal legislation and educational policy, there is further work for improvement. The results of current research through a questionnaire shows continued negative social bias towards individuals with disabilities, and also ways in which both countries may advance in regard to this area. The objective of this paper is to bring further awareness into this topic of discussion in order to further dialogue on policy and implementation into all local school systems in the United States and Mexico.