ERIC Number: ED236818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Public Education for Children with Severe, Profound, and Multiple Disabilities: The Least Restrictive Environment. Human Policy Reports: An Action Series.
The paper addresses the issue of placement for students with severe and multiple disabilities. Controversies over the principle of least restrictive environment are reviewed; and the implications of the normalization movement and the passage of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, are summarized. The rationale for integration includes better attitudes, better learning for all children, instruction in living together democratically, and similar levels of expense. Factors contributing to successful integration are considered, including commitment on the part of administrators, positive teacher attitudes, normalized pattern of the school day, structured opportunities for peer interaction, high expectations for disabled and nondisabled students, and opportunities for disabled students to assume leadership and helping roles. (CL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming, Multiple Disabilities, Normalization (Handicapped), Severe Disabilities, Student Placement, Success
Special Education Resource Center, Syracuse University, 400 Huntington Hall, 150 Marshall St., Syracuse, NY 13210.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Special Education Resource Center.