ERIC Number: ED436036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
IDEA and Early Childhood Inclusion.
Smith, Barbara J.; Rapport, Mary Jane K.
This paper discusses 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in general early childhood education settings. The evolution of inclusion policy is explored and changes in disability terminology are described. Amended provisions are then explained and include: (1) an emphasis on the provision of early intervention services in natural environments; (2) participation of preschool children with disabilities in appropriate activities; (3) access to the general education curriculum; and (4) a change in the definition of supplementary aids and services that makes it clear that these non-special education and related services are to be provided if necessary to successfully include a child with disability in general education settings and/or the general education curriculum. The report contains two tables that outline inclusion provisions in the IDEA early intervention program and in the preschool program. It also emphasizes that while IDEA contains provisions indicating a preference for inclusion for infants and toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities, implementation strategies at the state and local levels will play an important part in actualizing that preference. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997