Understanding the relationship between a “restrictive” environment and educational placement of a child can sometimes be unclear. This is a question that often comes up to our friends at the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC), so they have written a blog to address this frequently asked question and provide clarity around what is required by IDEA.
Below is an exerpt:
Some students receive a lot of special education services, accommodations and supports in the regular education setting and are not removed from their non-disabled peers at all. This would still be considered to be the least restrictive placement on the continuum.