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Prior to the 1960s, students needing special education services received their education in segregated classrooms and schools. Since then Special Education services have changed dramatically in response to the needs of the handicapped, their families, and the public school system. During the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, the field of Special Education experienced growth through the efforts of educators, parents, legislators, and the legal system (Smith & Neisworth, 1977; Hallahan & Kauffman, 1978). The field of Learning Disabilities developed in the mid 1960s and continues to grow and develop as more is learned about students with learning disabilities (Learner, 1976). The passage of Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act occurred in 1975. This law has been called the handicapped child's "Bill of Rights" because it guarantees that all children regardless of their handicap are entitled to a free appropriate education (Singer, 1985).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Greg P. Stefanich


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