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Running head: Historical Review Research Project 1 Historical Review Research Project: How Beneficial are Inclusion Classroom Learning Environments Tiffani Sheppard Liberty University History of Future of Special Education, EDSP 722-B01 Dr. Heather Schoffstall February 2, 2020
HISTORICAL REVIEW RESEARCH PROJECT 2 Abstract Brown vs Topeka Board of Education opened the window for inclusive education. The Education for All Handicapped Children Act open the door for students with disabilities to have access to free public education. Individuals with Disabilities Act knocked the isolation walls down so that students with disabilities could have access to education in the general classroom learning environment with their non-disabled peers. Since the passing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1990, several educational settings and learning environments have shifted towards inclusive education. Having a true understanding of its importance, significance, and impact on all persons involved is what determines the effectiveness of inclusive educational learning environments. When designed, planned, and implemented correctly inclusive learning environments can be used to improve the academic and social needs of all students, especially those students that have been identified as having special educational needs.
HISTORICAL REVIEW RESEARCH PROJECT 3 Special education is a form of educational services, supports and interventions designed to meet the individual learning and social needs of students whom have been identified as having one or more disabilities. Each child receives services and supports that are tailored to his or her individual needs; special education is not a set of one size fits all services and supports. Under federal mandate, students with disabilities receive educational services from age birth to 21. Special education is an important aspect of the education arena as its services aids in providing students with the needed tools and resources they need to be successful in school and adulthood (The Understood Team). As of 2018, there were 7 million students identified as receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is roughly14 percent of all public school students (National Center for Education Statistics, 2019). When providing special education services to students with disabilities, special education educators should provide students with resources and specialized educational tools that will assistance them with accessing the general curriculum, while also improving the student’s academic and behavioral outcomes (Individuals With Disabilities Education Act [IDEA], 2004). Through the late 20th century, in the United States, more than 1.8 million students identified as having disabilities and special educational needs were excluded entirely from the public education system (Duncan, 2015). People with disabilities, historically were habitually placed in hospitals,

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