Question: How has the education of Autistic children in the public school system evolved over time in relation to the education of children with other learning disabilities?
Relevance: Autism is a prominent issue in today’s world because the amount of children being diagnosed is constantly increasing. Rather than find cures, another option is to educate them to the best ability. The school system structure is constantly being critiqued and new ideas are always being discussed as we learn in our class. However, we tend to study the broad reforms throughout history. There were not always classifications of children with disabilities. In the past they all fell under the category of “mental retardation”. I feel it would be interesting to research how the school practices dealt with these children throughout points in history.
Research Strategy: When beginning research for this project I was not exactly sure where to begin, but I knew I wanted a variety of sources. In class I really liked the way back machine and I am going to pick a specific region (West Hartford Public School District) and look at the school website. As well, I am going to find old IEP’s (individualized education programs). This term was not created until 1975 in the National Handicap law but it was modified before hand. As well, I will do extensive research in the area of scream rooms, isolation, and discipline tactics used for children with disabilities. Another aspect I will look for on school websites will be the classification process of identifying children with a learning disability. I want to compare it to all the documents that I have found from today. I also want to compare aspects such as due process and parental involvement throughout history. In order to do this I will try to find average working hours of parents.
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut
The Basic Special Education Process Under IDEA 2004
IEP Manuals and Forms
Evaluating Children for Disability
The History of Special Education: From Isolation to Integration
“I Believe in Inclusion, But…”: Regular Education Early Childhood Teachers’ Perceptions of Successful Inclusion
The Legislation and Litigation History of Special Education
Mentally Retarded Citizens: Challenges for the 1970’s
National Autism Prevalence Trends From United States Special Education Data