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ERIC Number: ED343350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Keeping Kids in Their Home Schools. Final Report: Subcommittee to the Public Policy Committee.
Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
This report was submitted by an Illinois policy subcommittee representing various agencies, parent advocacy groups, and university experts, established to investigate why children with developmental disabilities were frequently being removed from their home schools and communities. The report examines percentages of such children being placed in programs other than their home schools, district funding incentives for placement outside the home school, provision of support services to families, and state philosophy regarding educational placements in the least restrictive environment. An examination of the state of the art and best practices summarizes the literature on families, schools, teachers and other professionals, parents and professionals, and students. Illinois' standing on each issue is considered. Five recommendations are made, including: (1) increase incentives for programs in the home school; (2) increase the amount and type of family support services; (3) reconceptualize case management to better link families with appropriate services; (4) build upon best practice models to develop a better state philosophy regarding integration opportunities for children with disabilities; and (5) support case studies of successful schools and studies which identify steps needed to improve integrated educational opportunities. Appendices list subcommittee members and present Illinois statistical data. (45 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Developmental Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Financial Support, Human Services, Mainstreaming, Needs Assessment, Residential Programs, Social Integration, Special Education, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.