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Ryndak, Diane Lea; Taub, Debbie; Jorgensen, Cheryl M.; Gonsier-Gerdin, Jean; Arndt, Katrina; Sauer, Janet; Ruppar, Andrea L.; Morningstar, Mary E.; Allcock, Heather – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2014
Students with significant disabilities continue to be among the most segregated in schools. In this article, we argue that the principles of least restrictive environment and involvement and progress in the general curriculum have been interpreted in ways that perpetuate segregation, rather than increasing students' access to meaningful curriculum…
Descriptors: Disabilities, General Education, Inclusion, Educational Policy
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Sailor, Wayne – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
Special education as practiced today remains firmly anchored in the original logic of the Amendments to the Education of the Handicapped Act (PL 94-142). Subsequent reauthorizations of the statute have included language designed to increase access to the general curriculum by special needs students but have not addressed the underlying…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Special Needs Students, Special Education
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Smith, Anne – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2009
This special issue of Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD) is timely and resonates with the theme of the 2009 TASH Conference, "If not Us, Who? If not NOW, When?" The articles grapple with critical issues across a number of dimensions that reflect the complexity of inclusion and exclusion, the importance of…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Mental Retardation, Intervention, Federal Legislation
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Taylor, Steven J. – Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 2004
This article presents a critical analysis of the principle of the least restrictive environment (LRE). The article begins with a review of the origins of LRE in professional writings and law and moves next to a discussion of how LRE has been operationalized in terms of a continuum of residential, educational, and vocational services. Building on…
Descriptors: Criticism, Developmental Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Severe Disabilities