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Erasing the special-ed stigma

A decade ago, most special education students got little preparation for the real world.

They were tucked in a classroom, away from their peers, and little was expected of them.

Often, that was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Today, across the country, more schools are including special education students in regular classes.

Locally, the transition got a boost in the mid-’90s, when the Center for Special Children closed. Housed on the Mississippi University for Women campus, it served children throughout the area.

Back then, everyone wondered, “‘What’s going to happen to out special education children?'” Anthony Brown recalled. “What happened is, they’re in the regular classroom, and they’re doing great.”

via Erasing the special-ed stigma: Students given chance in mainstream classes – The Dispatch.

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