Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

EDP 685 Perspectives on Normalization and Integration in Special Education

3 hours; 3 credits. The purpose of the course is to provide those involved in the education of individuals with special needs with an understanding of the philosophy of normalization and the cultural contexts within which this philosophy developed. The philosophy of normalizing the lives of individuals with disabilities originated in Denmark and was subsequently adopted in the United States. The course will address the implications of normalization on (1) the education and treatment of persons with disabilities, and (2) the relation of persons with disabilities to society at large. Students will specifically examine how the philosophy of normalization has been applied in Denmark and the United States, where it is embodied in the least restrictive environment principle of P.L. 94-142. Prerequisite: EDP 610 or equivalent.