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Mild Disabilities: In and Out of Special Education


by Mara Sapon-Shevin 1989

Are the categories used to separate and identify students with disabilities real and educationally responsive? Could educational institutions respond differently to the students they now label as "mildly handicapped"? The purpose of this chapter is to examine the origins, growth, and development of the field of mild disabilities within a broad social and political context and to examine alternatives for describing and educating children now served within the categories of mild disability.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 88, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 6, 1989, p. 77-107
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18941, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:06:57 AM

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  • Mara Sapon-Shevin
    University of North Dakota
    MARA SAPON-SHEVIN is an Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Special Education in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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