Date of Defense



Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

David Dynak, Education and Professional Development

Second Advisor

Dona Icabone, Special Education

Third Advisor

Barbara Harris, Special Education


There have been substantial changes occurring in Special Education as a result of the passage of PL 94-142 in 1975, which mandated education in the "least restrictive environment" for all children. As school districts attempted to comply with the law, impaired students were mainstreamed into regular education classrooms for an hour or two a day, often limited to non-academic subjects. Eventually the students' participation was increased to include selected academic subjects, with remaining instruction in special education classrooms. Recently, many schools have begun to explore Total Inclusion programs which allow impaired students to attend regular classroom sessions for the entire day. This paper is a study that presents a profile of a Total Inclusion program involving a student with severe impairments.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only