ERIC Number: ED219901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Preschool Handicapped Education--A National Survey of Services and Personnel Requirements.
O'Connell, Joanne Curry
The national survey of teacher certification directors was designed to assess the status of state legislation mandating services for children from birth to age 5 and to assess the progress of state education agencies in developing certification standards for teachers of the preschool handicapped. Among findings were that only 16% of all states require that an unrestricted birth to 5 year old handicapped population be served; that preschool handicapped services are provided by an array of agencies, ranging from rehablitation services, social services, and human services to the Association for Retarded Citizens and local day care centers; 68% of respondents report the center based model is used most often; and state standards and regulations for certifying teachers of preschool handicapped children are established in 35% of the states. Several strategies should be employed to affect state policy decisions: active parent organizations need to be involved and nurtured, the general public must be informed about early education for the handicapped, education personnel must begin interacting with other child care professionals, and advocates must organize a legislative task force. Tables with statistiical data are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northern Iowa Univ., Great Falls.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (60th, Houston, TX, April 11-16, 1982, Session Th-54).