Did you know our field was on the cutting edge of inclusion?
In 1900 a Chicago elementary school opened a program for blind children.
In 1915 there were 15 such day classes available for blind children.
In the 1930s schools for the blind were pushing students into regular high schools.
In the 1950s and 1960s, retinopathy of prematurity (long ago called retrolental fibroplasia) changed the ‘placement’ of our students dramatically. Parents wanted them home, there was no longer a ‘shortage’ of students to force them to schools for the blind, and so these children stayed in their local schools.
Fast forward to 1975….. Public Law 94-142 was passed which used the term ‘integration’.
Our students had already been ‘integrated’ for the past 30-70 years!!!