ERIC Number: ED208604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Facilitating Education for the Handicapped Through Communication.
Jackson, Katherine C.
Initiated in a large urban elementary school, a practicum was planned and executed to inform staff and parents about the provisions of P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act), and to prepare them for the changes to occur as a program was indicated by: (1) the report of the visitation team (a parent advocate group), (2) concerns and complaints voiced by teachers, (3) parent complaints, (4) the principal's observation of conditions, and (5) the emergence of problems related to the classes for the handicapped. A review of the literature indicated that the ultimate goal of P.L. 94-142 is normalization of the handicapped and the provision of education in the least restrictive environment. The practicum had eight major objectives, including increased parent participation in development of individualized education programs (IEPs) and in workshops. To facilitate education for the handicapped strategies such as distribution of literature on the handicapped and development of a slide/tape package were planned. Activities were undertaken in several areas: preparation for implementation of P.L. 94-142, staff development, parent workshops, a slide presentation, monitoring of progress toward program objectives, and solving problems which included refusal of two parents to send their children to class. The program was evaluated along the eight objectives. Among conclusions was that the communication model, especially in the area of staff inservice, parent workshops, and the slide/tape package development and utilization, illustrates a method of facilitating the implementation of the law for the handicapped. Appendixes, which make up the bulk of the document, include information on the staff development program and the parent workshop program and related materials, the school description, the slide presentation script, survey data summary, and supportive documentation. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act