Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - Educating Children with Disabilities

Terms and Definitions: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Children with disabilities must be educated in the least restricted environment (LRE) possible, that is, with non-disabled students. The goal is to keep them in their regular schools and the regular classrooms in those schools. Before moving children into special classes or separate schools, the schools must consider supplementary aids and services to help children succeed in the regular classroom. These aids and services can include staff support in the classroom, modifying materials, or additional supports such as assistive technology.


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