Handicapped Teens

helping the handicapped teenager mature 1971

Helping the Handicapped Teenager Mature
Ayrault
1971

When this book was published, handicapped students were invisible to mainstream students. Student that were different, were routinely shuffled into “special ed” regardless of ability or need. When I graduated college in 1982, mainstreaming students was a new concept. Before I graduated with a degree in education, a course was quickly thrown together for students discussing this concept. It was eye opening for me. Very few distinctions were made in a child’s ability. Regardless of physical or mental capabilities, everyone was lumped together under an umbrella of special ed and were virtually invisible.

This book is also published around the same time of Mills vs Board of Education of District of Columbia. This landmark case asserted that students with handicaps of any kind were entitled to an education. Prior to this decision students were routinely denied any kind of education.

What struck me was that this information wasn’t terribly different from advice for “regular” students for the time. Perhaps that is point. (Keep this one for the university and education collections, but public libraries should have weeded this book by 1975.)

Mary

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4 comments

  1. I’m pretty sure we had mainstreaming in my school about this time; there was a girl who was described as “slow” (and smelled like pee all the time) who sat behind me in maybe 1970. I think she went off to the “special ed” classroom some of the day, but who can remember after 50 years?

    For sure there was a kid with (mild) Down syndrome in my class in 1974-5. He got extra tutoring, but was in regular classes most of the day. He was funny, so he got to be class clown.

    And I went to super white-bread schools in a conservative district, so it’s not like the admin were radical hippie weirdos.

  2. “This landmark case asserted that students with handicaps of any kind were to be an education.”

    Um, is this missing some words? Like “entitled to an education” maybe?

  3. The page about making disabled girls “appear as feminine as possible” is awful indeed.

    What’s even more awful is that this outdated “force her to be girly” advice persists in autism books even today.

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