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Changes in Special Education From the 1960's Until Now

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Public opinion and knowledge about those with disabilities has changed drastically over the years. Many changes have come about from increased awareness from parents and advocacy groups that lead to new laws protecting individuals with disabilities.

Compare and contrast the education of students with special needs in the 1960's versus today. How have peer relations changed over time as more students are included in regular classrooms? How do parents/guardians influence the education of special needs students and changes in public policy and law?

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Significant special education reform came about during the Kennedy administration in the 1960's. At that time recognizing and providing assistance to disabled students, especially those referred to as mentally retarded, was considered a noble cause. Educating those students took place in segregated classrooms. Through the years ...

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This article addresses changes in special education from its inception during the Kennedy Administration until the present.

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