ERIC Number: ED407816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Inclusion: A Right, Not a Privilege.
Connecticut Univ. Health Center, Farmington.
This resource guide contains information to help parents find community early childhood programs that meet the needs of children with disabilities. The guide reviews parents' legal rights, legal entitlements that support parents' efforts to have children with disabilities included in community programs, and resources available to make community early childhood programs inclusive. The guide also provides information on the various opportunities children with disabilities have to receive quality services and supports. An introduction describes various relevant terms and lists the values reflected by the Early Childhood Community Inclusion Project's resource guide for children with disabilities and their families. Chapters address the following topics: (1) the definition of inclusion; (2) federal legislation provisions relating to including young children with disabilities (reviews provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act) and judicial decisions that support inclusion; (3) the characteristics of effective inclusive programs; and (4) steps that parents can take to bring about inclusion. Appendices include a list of disability/advocacy organizations, an early childhood community program inventory for families to evaluate programs, and inclusion resources. (Contains 29 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ. Health Center, Farmington.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)