Future Trends in Integrated Lifecycle Services
The closing chapter of this book is an appropriate avenue for discussing the development of special services and how that development has set the stage for future expansion of those services. It is pertinent to remember that the field of special education in North America is developmentally a toddler when compared to the long history of general education. The passage of Public Law 94–142 was an attainment of a developmental milestone for special education, the beginning of efforts to serve people of all ability levels in the public schools. In the years since public law has mandated a free and appropriate education for all children, the field has moved forward rapidly. However, as this book has repeatedly illustrated, there is a long way to go. This final chapter is concerned with developing a vision of the future of special services.
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