By Dr. Angila Moffitt
This issue of NASET’s Inclusion series was written by Dr. Angila Moffitt. Section 1412 of The Individuals with Disabilities Education 2004 (IDEA 2004) is a law that ensure students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be educated with nondisabled students in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The law ensures that students with disabilities receive an education in the general education classroom alongside the general education students. The interpretation of this law has led to the creation of the practice of inclusion, where the special education students and general education students are combined in the same classroom. The problem lies with the interpretation and meaning behind the word inclusion and once put into practice has different outcomes based upon factors such as teacher attitudes. The purpose of this article is to look deeper into the interpretation, meaning, and teacher attitude toward inclusion practices.
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