ERIC Number: ED204834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Administration of Mainstreaming. ACSA School Management Digest, Series 1, Number 22.
The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 requires mainstreaming, or the education of handicapped children with regular students, to the greatest extent appropriate. Although the provisions of the law call for each student to be assessed individually and provided with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the costs associated with these requirements too often encourage schools to fit the children into programs that are designed to handle categories of disability rather than individual learning needs. Flexible, specific IEPs planned in collaboration with parents should be part of clearly defined, goal-oriented school programs. Support and leadership from administrators is a key to the success of mainstreaming. Administrators should be concerned with establishing good communications, developing mainstreaming skills through staff development programs, modeling and encouraging an attitude of respect and acceptance toward the disabled, fostering participation in planning by all affected, and informing themselves of the options available for making school services and facilities suitable for mainstreaming. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Leadership Responsibility, Mainstreaming, Program Attitudes, Program Development, Resource Room Programs, Social Bias, Special Education, Student Placement, Students
ACSA, 1575 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010 ($3.75, members; $4.75, nonmembers).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act