ERIC Number: ED314231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-10
Sample Strategies Used To Serve Rural Students in the Least Restrictive Environment.
This booklet provides sample strategies to ameliorate service delivery problems commonly encountered by rural special educators. Strategies to increase acceptance of disabled students by nondisabled peers include buddy systems and class activities that promote personal interaction, simulation activities, and social and personal skills development. Strategies to develop support for special education programs among regular education personnel and in the community employ integrative activities in school and community and effective use of communication networks and informal organizational structures. Strategies to enhance instruction cover teacher cooperation and consultation, innovative variations on placement in the least restrictive environment, provision of special services on a voluntary basis where space is available, and vocational programming and placement in the community. Strategies for transporting students or service providers include integrating special education with regular education transportation, sharing transportation services with other agencies, using volunteers, clustering students for cost efficiency, using travel time for instruction, and using technology to provide distance education. Strategies to supplement inadequate numbers of special education staff employ role changes, staff sharing, and professional and nonprofessional volunteers. Other strategies address staffing models, use of advanced technologies, cooperative approaches, personnel retention, staff development, fund raising, and parent involvement. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES), Bellingham, WA.