Head Start for the Handicapped: Congressional Mandate Audit

Gail L. Ensher, Burton Blatt, James F. Winschel

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The 1972 Amendments to the Economic Opportunity Act mandated that not less than 10% of the Head Start enrollment nationwide be made available to handicapped children. This article reports research evaluating the effect of the mandate during the first year of its implementation. The findings indicate reasonable progress in meeting the needs of the handicapped; however, labeling appears to have increased and serious problems remain in accommodating youngsters with severe disabilities. Recommendations for the enhancement of Head Start efforts on behalf of the handicapped are including a suggestion for reducing society's inclination to segregate or exclude children with major differences in development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-210
Number of pages9
JournalExceptional Children
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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