Mandatory Legislation For Exceptional Children in Alabama

Russell, Tommy
June 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Jun/Jul1973, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p395
Academic Journal
This article presents information on legislation for exceptional children in Alabama. Although some advances had been made prior to 1970 in the number of special pro- grams in Alabama, adequate and necessary educational services were reaching only a limited number of Alabama's handicapped children. For the school year 1969-70 records revealed that over 120,000, or 74 percent of Alabama's handicapped were not receiving a public education. Further, during the past school year, an estimated 166,450 out of 181,463 handicapped children in Alabama were not receiving specialized education and training commensurate with their needs. If these children were to be served, local communities and state agencies would have to greatly expand the number of specialized educational programs within the public schools. It was with this concept in mind that a group of interested members of the Alabama Association for Retarded Children met with a group of professional educators to discuss the feasibility of mandatory legislation for exceptional children and youth. The initial meeting was held on April 28, 1970 at the University of Alabama. It was significant for this was the first time in Alabama history that a group representing a variety of disciplines combined their resources and abilities to draft a legislative proposal for all exceptional children.


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