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There has been an increased interest in how school children accept the disabled since the passage of Public Law 94-142 (The Education for All Handicapped Children Act), in 1975. This law created a situation where, for the first time, handicapped children might be placed in a regular classroom. In order for this mainstreaming to be successful, the handicapped children must not be subjected to the ridicule and/or rejection of the non-disabled children in the classroom. According to Westervelt and McKinney (1980), one factor that may affect the success of mainstreaming children with physical disabilities is whether or not classmates receive, understand and interact with handicapped children in a prosocial manner. For this to happen the non-handicapped children must have a positive attitude.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert L. Frank


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