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Keywords

Children with disabilities--Education (Elementary); Mainstreaming in education;

Abstract

Although the federal law, Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (Public Law 94-142), requires school districts to provide a free, appropriate, and public education to all children with disabilities between the ages of three and 21, studies have indicated a need for programs to develop more positive and accepting attitudes toward the handicapped. This can be accomplished by providing nondisabled children structured experiences with disabled children at an early age when their perceptions of individual differences are being formed.

This article discusses the educational experiences of Joey, a fifth grade student diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Joey is confined to a motorized wheelchair and needs assistance for various personal as well as classroom tasks. The article provides examples of how Joey's presence in a classroom of nondisabled students fostered greater understanding and acceptance of individual differences in all students.

Year of Submission

1998

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jeanne McLain Harms

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Date Original

1998

Object Description

1 PDF file (20 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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