ERIC Number: ED181628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Classification and Labeling Issues: Toward Operationalizing Legal Definitions of Handicapping Conditions.
Evans, Paul L.
A review of the legal basis for and a model of operationalizing definitions of handicapping conditions is presented along with a trend analysis of the association between operationalized criteria and stability in incidence rates. The role of Public Law 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act), Public Law 93-380, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112) are discussed. The South Carolina Board of Education model for an operationalized approach to the identification and placement of handicapped school children is examined. It is explained that South Carolina has eight categories of handicapping conditions and has largely avoided the pitfalls of the negative effects of labeling through the close monitoring of evaluation instruments, parent involvement, group decision making, and procedural safeguards. The specific identification and placement criteria for four of the handicapping categories (educable mentally handicapped, trainable mentally handicapped, learning disabled, emotionally handicapped) is provided. Tables detailing the effects of the South Carolina model on the incidence rates of handicapping conditions are included. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504); South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (New York, NY, September 1, 1979)