Woman and a child

The production of so many "functionally retarded" children by our society raises disturbing questions: Do we need more special education that is designed for the "retarded?" Do we need more of the same kind of education these children have been getting in the regular classroom? What is the role of the schools in a society beset by racism, poverty, alienation, and unrest.

The conference's recommendations included some of the earliest uses of the terms "inclusive" and "zero reject," and reference to "nondiscriminatory evaluation," "individualized instruction," and "strength based planning" which would come to play increasingly important roles over the decades.

RECOMMENDATION: Hold the school accountable for providing quality education for all children.

ACTION: Public school systems should move toward becoming an all-inclusive (zero-reject) educational system.

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