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Glossary Term: Least Restrictive Environment
Definition: This concept refers to the federal mandate that children with disabilities be educated with peers without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. This is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Read a thorough discussion of the meaning of least restrictive environment, including information to distinguish this term from the terms mainstream and inclusion, in ERIC Digest: "The Least Restrictive Environment Mandate: How Has it Been Defined by the Courts?"
Source: ERIC Digest