ERIC Number: ED258387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Special Education in N.S.W.: Principles Underlying the Provision of Services.
Doherty, P. J.
The paper addresses the principles underlying special education services in New South Wales, Australia. Ten principles are elucidated: (1) the recognition that all children benefit from an educational program; (2) a belief in the benefits of intervention as early as possible; (3) similar goals for special education yet different means from those of regular education; (4) the concept of normalization (including tenets of placement in the least restrictive environment and in age-appropriate programming); (5) the emphasis of developing functional life skills (using adaptations of the normal curriculum where possible); (6) use of assessment procedures (such as interviews and observations) upon which individualized education programs can be developed; (7) the importance of community consultation; (8) the necessity of quality preservice and inservice teacher education; (9) the creative use of technology, particularly in areas of communication, mobility, and life skills training; and (10) the use of prevalence figures for planning. It is asserted that adherence to the 10 principles will promote flexibility in service delivery. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia