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School Mainstreaming Contest winners, 1992.

This issue we are proud to honor one outstanding middle school program and commend two other school programs to close out our 1992 mainstreaming contest. We look forward to another record number of entries this year.

SOUTHWEST MIDDLE SCHOOL ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Students with physical disabilities at Southwest Middle School are placed into at least two appropriate inclusion/mainstream classes, regardless of academic level. Most are fully mainstreamed. When necessary, a teacher's aide accompanies students who use augmentative communication aids and special access equipment. Other students take notes for some of the students with disabilities on NCR paper. All students with and without disabilities eat lunch together and mix in a natural way.

The positive results achieved at Southwest are the product of the open-minded, flexible attitudes of the principal, regular education teachers and counselors. The creative use of computers in the classrooms enhances the motivation and academic achievement of the students, especially those with disabilities.

BENSON MEMORIAL PRESCHOOL RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Benson Memorial United Methodist Weekday Programs is a preschool serving 138 children from the ages of three to five. The program provides a range of classroom opportunities, including a component to serve children with special needs. In five years, the special-needs program has grown from a three-day class serving five children to a five-day program serving 11 children, in addition to those children with special needs who are fully integrated in regular classes. Many of the children who enter Benson as members of the special-needs class are now being served at Benson through the public school system as mandated by legislation.

Each class attends music class twice a week and this year students will be offered a movement component. Both of these opportunities help provide positive and adaptable mainstreaming opportunities for all of the children at Benson.

PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

Pasadena Unified School's inclusion model incorporates team teaching to provide opportunities and support to children with special needs in a regular classroom. Approximately one-fourth to one-third of the children in each classroom have identified special needs.

Next year, eight to 10 classrooms will be offering this inclusion/team-teaching option for students. Classes will include preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Students with special needs will range in age from three to nine.
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