American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Glossary: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Refers to the right of children with disabilities to be educated with children who are not disabled and not be removed from the regular educational environment. Special classes or separate schooling should occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

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