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Although the ideas and reasons for inclusive education are very noble andcan have a positive effect on many disabled students mandating inclusion for alldisabled students denies some the opportunity to appropriately learn in the leastrestrictive environment LRE as required by law The fight for inclusive educationhas made enormous gains from when the National Association of RetardedChildren was established in 1950 to 1990 when the public law called the Individualswith Disabilities Education Act IDEA PL 94-142 was revised Educationalsystems have moved from not providing education at all for the disabled toproviding schools for the disabled separate from non-disabled students Recentlynormal schools have been practicing inclusion and have free rein to determineexactly how The problem facing policy makers today is whether or not all disabledchildren should be inclusioned If the policy makers would just observe the disabledstudents being inclusioned and ignore all the rhetoric being presented to them theywill find that not all disabled children benefit from inclusionOn July 131996 Omer Zak compiled several articles the deaf andprofessionals who work with the deaf had submitted to him and presented them onthe Internet under the title Deaf Persons and Experts Speak Out Against Inclusion One of the writings submitted was entitled Interpreter Isnt Enough written byLeah Hager Cohen The author is an interpreter for an eleventh grade deaf studentthat is being inclusioned in a regular school Cohen explains how the deaf studentwill sit quietly by herself before class begins while the rest of the students aresocializing and interacting with each other The piece goes on to explain how thedeaf student must look at the interpreter during class in order to receive the lessonbeing presented by the teacher When the student looks takes her eyes off theinterpreter to write in her notes the interpreter must stop signing When the studentlooks back to the interpreter she begins signing again The more often the studentstops to write in her notes the farther behind the teacher the interpreter gets As theinterpreter falls
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