Least Restrictive Environments: The Process, the Benefits, and the Downfalls


Abstract Anyone studying Special Education or Learning and Behavior Disorders will come into contact with many acronyms throughout their collegiate education; these acronyms are for a variety of meetings, practices, terms, etc. that are involved in creating the best educational environment for the students that will be taught by him or her in the future. Some of the commonly used ones are ARC, for Admissions and Release Committee meetings; IEP, for individualized education program; and RTI, for response to intervention. Another one, and one that is reliant on the previous three, is LRE, which stands for the least restrictive environment. This is one of the major tools used in special education programs in order for students with learning and other disabilities to be successful in the classroom, as is beneficial to the overall classroom, students and teachers alike.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2018

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Eric Umstead

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

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