The Evolution of Special Education
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About The Event
Prior to 1975 each state created their own method of providing for the needs of their handicapped students. Many states provided very little until the federal government enacted a bill into law called The Education for all Handicapped Children's Act (PL 94-142). The majority of this act is still the law of the land although revisions and additions were made in 1986, 1997 (Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act) and 2004. These laws were comprehensive and had a tremendous influence on the established educational practices both in and out of the regular education classroom and setting. The impact of the law on financing, training and demands on the school districts in general will be presented.
Kathy Makransky, MA in education with certifications to teach special education, supervise special education programs and staff and as an elementary school principal. Experiences range from teaching Severely and Profoundly Impaired students, supervising special education teachers K-12, Instructional Advisor who instructed teachers to use Applied Behavioral Analysis and the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education in Philadelphia School District. Kathy also was a Supervisor of Special Education and Elementary Principal in Bensalem Township School District for 15 of he 32 years in the field. Kathy is currently serving on the Human Rights Committee for Northwest Human Services now called Merakey.
Jay Lawfer, MA in education with certifications to teach special education, supervise special education programs and staff and elementary school principal (NJ). Experiences range from teaching Seriously Emotionally Disturbed and Learning Disabled students for 11 years, Supervisor of Special Education in Bensalem Township School District for 19 years and another 5 years in Central Bucks School District. Upon retirement he spent 7 years as the Director of Special Education for Youth Services of Bucks County, a non-profit organization providing educational programs for students unable to attend and succeed in a regular public school education setting. Jay is currently serving on the Human Rights Committee for Northwest Human Services now called Merakey.