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Special Education: What next and what now? (December 2016/January 2017)

By Ronda Goodale


Since 1975, when the Individual Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) passed, we have seen dramatic changes in the services to and the identified population of students with disabilities. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of students identified with learning disabilities as well as those on the autistic spectrum.  More inclusive education is the dominant educational approach now. Even so, inclusion of students in the standard classroom, particularly students with severe disabilities, has become more challenging.