The availability of special education is evidence of how society is coming to appreciate inclusion and diversity. This research begins a thorough examination of the complex field of special education, including its historical foundations, the range of impairments it addresses, the rules and regulations guiding its application, and the cutting-edge strategies influencing its future. To clarify the revolutionary path towards fair educational possibilities for people with disabilities by looking at historical turning points, such as the institutionalization era and the emergence of inclusive educational practices. The various impairments that are handled in special education, each with their own set of difficulties and concerns for instruction, are at the center of this investigation. It also explores the critical role that policies and procedures play in directing the practice of special education, from creating personalized learning plans to putting Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks into practice. The cultivation of inclusive learning environments is contingent upon instructional techniques and technological integration, with cooperation between educators, parents, and other professionals playing a critical role in promoting students' holistic development. This study highlights the larger cultural commitment to equality, inclusion, and social justice in education in addition to providing a thorough review of special education. Through this investigation, light is shed on the route forward to a time when every person, regardless of ability, may prosper and reach their full potential in an inclusive learning environment.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2024

Senior Project Advisor

Heather Roy

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type