Inclusion is a right, not a privilege. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires students with disabilities to be educated with their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate. Learn how the IEP impacts placement, the legal requirements for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), and the value of the inclusion of children with disabilities for all children, their families, and their communities.

Workshop Presentation

All Children Belong: Inclusion and the Least Restrictive Environment (PDF)


Examples of People First Language  |  Document lists examples of what not to say and what to say instead when referring to people who have disabilities/diagnoses

IOD Document: Research on Inclusive Education  |  Brief highlights of research on inclusive education from the Institute on Disability

NJ Administrative Code for Placement in the LRE  |  Document with the New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14 – 4.2, 4.3

Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment |  NJ Department of Education explanation of the three basic principles of the federal mandate for placement of students with disabilities ages three through 21 in appropriate settings

Dear Colleague Letter |  US Department of Education guidance on the Prohibition Against Disability-Based Discrimination in Accelerated Programs and access to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Out of District Placement: Issues to Consider |  Tool from New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) assists parents in making informed decisions with issues and tips to ensure that inclusive opportunities are maximized

Sample Letter Requesting LRE/Placement |  Sample letter to request a reconsideration of a child’s placement

Creating an Inclusive IEP: 5 Tips for Your IEP Meeting |  Friday 5 Fast Tips from the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE)

Curricular Adaptation Decision-Making Model |  Creating accommodations and/or modifications that allow all students access to the general education curriculum

Curriculum Adaptations Worksheet |  Correlating adaptations with the IEP in order to meet a student’s identified needs

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