ERIC Number: ED217613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Study of the Impact of P.L. 94-142 on the Handicapped Child and Family: Institutional Responses and Their Consequences. Final Report: Year 2 of Operations (October 1, 1979 to September 30, 1980) and Executive Summary (January, 1981).
Halpern, Robert; Parker-Crawford, Frances
The two documents contain the final report and executive summary of a 2 year study on the impact of P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act) on nine Michigan handicapped children (5 to 10 years old) who had participated in an integrated preschool. Section I of the final report presents introductory information with an overview section and sections on P.L. 94-142, study rationale, the sample and the setting, the conceptual framework (ethnographic), and organization of the report. The second section is the bulk of the report and contains detailed information on six cases. Each case is described in terms of introductory information (brief case sketch, chronology of contacts with institutions and service programs); the case as it relates to the five provisions of the law (protection in evaluation procedures, procedural safeguards, individualized education program, least restrictive environment, parent involvement); and major issues in the case. Finally, findings on the cases are analyzed in terms of the provisions of the law. The executive summary outlines selected findings in terms of institutional responses to the Act, implementation of the central provisions of the Act, the least restrictive appropriate environment mandate, and parent involvement. Cited among study findings are the following: the county in which Ss live has not yet developed an adequate continuum of service at the preschool level for handicapped children; there continued to be very little coordination between service systems serving handicapped children; school districts were generally passive in informing parents of their own and their children's rights under the Act, despite plentiful special education services; the county offered no mainstreamed public preschool options; and when there was deeper parent involvement, there was more tension between parents and professionals. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI.
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Michigan