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The 1960s: Children with Disabilities Brought into the Education System.
Issues of Race and Poverty. The Continuum and Least Restrictive Environments.

People working in a factory

The President's Panel on “Mental Retardation”* proposed a program for "National Action to Combat Mental Retardation*" in October 1962. The Panel called for greatly extending specialized education training in general ¬†schools and in separate, “special” ¬†schools, substantially increasing the supply of teachers with appropriate training, educational background and coordinating the total resources of the community.

The Exceptional* Child

Produced for the Educational Television and Radio Center by Syracuse University, 1969

Statement from Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, Millersville University:

"While preparing the Department of Special Education at Millersville University in Millersville, PA for a move into the new School of Education building I discovered a trunk with a set of film cans. The dusty military style footlocker contained 16mm films dating back to the founding of the department in 1958. I have been requiring teacher candidates in a foundations course to complete the MN Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities online course Partners In Time and decided to contact the council in order to share these historic films. Most of the films originated in Syracuse in the 1950s and 1960s. One film, A Different Approach, originated in California in the 1980s. The films have significant historic value as we attempt to be coherent regarding services and supports being offered and designed today. The language, which may be harsh today, is a reminder of what was and a caution of what is. It is my hope that Individual and systemic consciousness, which currently manifests in a low awareness regarding the reality and dynamics of societal devaluation and deviancy-making is in some small way improved. Viewing the historic context may shine light on the present day impacts of special education and human services and offer guidance for today's professionals, college students, families, and people with disabilities."

Mentally Deficient The Blind Speech Handicapped, Physical Disabilities
Mentally Handicapped The Crippled Child Stuttering
Partially Sighted Cerebral Palsy The Community and the Exceptional Child