ERIC Number: ED397571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Inclusion: What Does It Mean for Students with Learning Disabilities?
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. for Learning Disabilities.
This brochure summarizes law, policy, and practice concerning inclusion policies for students with specific learning disabilities (LD). It summarizes requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act concerning the availability of a continuum of placement options and placement in the least restrictive environment. It notes that mainstreaming and inclusion are not specifically mentioned in federal statutes or regulations. Model policies are suggested which emphasize the Individualized Education Program and provision of services to meet individual student needs. Implications for practice are mentioned, including the necessity of providing appropriate consultation, support, and/or direct services to LD children placed in general education classrooms. The philosophy of "full inclusion" is briefly explained. Research findings are summarized, noting that more than 80 percent of students with LD are in general education classrooms though there is no validated body of research to support large scale adoption of full inclusion as the only service delivery model for all students with LD. Finally, the brochure stresses the commitment of the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children to categorical assessment, a continuum of placements option, and use of the IEP to plan and monitor services. (DB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Inclusive Schools, Individual Differences, Individualized Education Programs, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Student Placement
Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Learning Disabilities, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. for Learning Disabilities.