Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Recognizing that every person with special needs has unique strengths, abilities and needs, VOR supports a full array of educational and residential options. We are the only national organization supporting a full array of educational and residential options. We hope that the resources in this section provide families some help and guidance as they work to secure for their children all necessary services and supports.


Don’t take sides on inclusion

By Marcie Roth
The Ragged Edge

Marcie Roth is a well-respected, longtime national disability rights advocate.

September 2003

I have been fighting for children with disabilities to be able to receive a
free appropriate public education since before PL 94-142 -- now called the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA -- was passed, back in
1975. I have represented hundreds of families as they fought to get their
children that free appropriate public education in their neighborhood
school, in the classroom the child would have attended if they didn't have
a disability.

Focus on Special Education

VOR's February 20, 2004 edition of the Weekly E-Mail Updated focused on Special Education. Offered was a collection of articles and other resources for families of children with special needs. Specifically,

  1. About this issue: Special Education
  2. VOR Position on Special Education: Choices for a lifetime; Options for all
  3. Laws and Special Education
  4. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  5. Does "Full Inclusion" Violate Federal Law?
  6. Don't Take Sides on Inclusion
  7. No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  8. NCLB Analogy: No Dentist Left Behind
  9. Against full inclusion: Special Ed Suit Is Filed in Orange County (excerpts)
  10. Case for inclusion: Chicago's schools warned on special ed (excerpts)