The Least Restrictive Environment

"As part of IDEA, the Least Restrictive Environment is identified as one of the principles that govern the education of students with disabilities."


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Components of Least Restrictive Environment:
  • All students with disabilities should have the opportunity to be educated with non disabled peers
  • All students will disabilities should have access to general education curriculum and extracurricular activities
  • All students with disabilities should be provided with supplementary aids and services needed to achieve academic goals
  • All teachers are required to provide a free appropriate public education



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Court Case:

Clyde K vs. Puyallip 35F, 3d 1396
  • Court found that student was not getting academic benefits in general education classes and actually was regressing academically
  • Appropriate aids and services had been provided, however; the student was socially isolated

"Disruptive behavior that significantly impairs the education of others strongly suggests a mainstream placement is no longer appropriately."