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ERIC Number: ED354652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Mainstreaming Students with Severe Disabilities: Implications for Public Policy.
Osborne, Allan G., Jr.; DiMattia, Philip
Major court decisions concerning the least restrictive environment for students with severe disabilities are analyzed and conclusions are drawn outlining the current status of case law. Court cases have weighed the benefits of mainstreaming against the benefits of providing greater or more specialized services in a segregated program. In general, the courts have held that it is appropriate to sacrifice a degree of academic quality for the sake of socialization and that mainstreaming is not required for all students with disabilities but must be provided, where appropriate, to the maximum extent feasible. School districts are required to use supplementary aids and services to facilitate mainstreaming but are not required to always provide mainstreaming in the student's home school. The article suggests that if school systems do not speed up their restructuring to provide students with an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, they are likely to be required to do so by court orders. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A