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Special Education and Teaching

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

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Fostering Acceptance Of Disabled Persons By Appreciating Individual Differences, Allison R. Clausen Jan 1998

Fostering Acceptance Of Disabled Persons By Appreciating Individual Differences, Allison R. Clausen

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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 ...