Note: In an earlier version of the text version of this story we incorrectly attributed numerous quotes to Terry Belden, the executive director of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. In fact these quotations should have been attributed to Steven Belden, the president of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. This story has been updated to reflect the correction.
Special education is complicated. There are so many different factors to consider- the environment, the teachers, the therapies and other services. So even though the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act passed 40 years ago and provided a framework for the country, it’s still left up to each state to come up with their own best practices.
Historically, special education and general education have been handled very differently, even separately. But now one organization in Missouri is working alongside a few other states in hopes to change that.
This is the fifth and final installment of the series “Exploring the paths of Missouri’s special education.” You can find the other four stories here and check back there next week for a more in-depth web version of this coverage.