Starter Set of Resources on LRE

Links updated, March 2016
A legacy resource from NICHCY

Looking for information, resources, and technical assistance (TA) to help you and others support children with disabilities in their least restrictive environment in school? Here’s a starter list of places to look online. These will surely lead you to more.


Quick-jump links


Reflecting on the Meaning of LRE

Considering LRE in Placement Decisions.
Indepth look at what LRE is, how it’s defined in IDEA and in practice, and who decides placement for a student with a disability.

Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
This policy letter from the U.S. Department of Education clarifies that IEPs for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
This guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services sets a vision for action that recommends states, districts, schools, and public and private early childhood programs prioritize and implement policies that support inclusion, improve their infrastructure and offer professional development to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide.

OSEP Policy Letter on Preschool LRE.
Reiterates that the least restrictive environment requirements of IDEA Section 612(a)(5) apply to the placement of preschool children with disabilities.

Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming —

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Availability of Accessible Materials

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.


Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).

How to develop state guidelines for access assistants: Scribes, readers, and sign language interpreters.

Universal design of assessments (Online manual).

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Building Instructional Capacity and Skill of Educators

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.
Check out the ECTA Center’s treasure chest of tools, webinars, and publications in its collection “Inclusion in Least Restrictive Environments.”

OESE Center on Instruction.

National Center on Universal Design for Learning.

IRIS Center for Training Enhancements.
Online professional development modules on a wide range of “how-to” practices that support inclusion of students with disabilities, such as accommodations, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior, differentiated instruction, and much more—

Creating an inclusive school environment: A model for school leaders.

Supports, modifications, and accommodations for students.

Progress Monitoring Tools Chart.

FAQs: Curriculum-based measurement in math.

FAQs: Curriculum-based measurement in reading.

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Federally funded TA Centers

OSEP’s TA&D Network.
TA&D focuses on improving outcomes for students with disabilities by building capacity in the educational system

OESE’s Comprehensive Center Network.
Connect with the Regional Comprehensive Centers, the Content Centers, the Regional Educational Laboratories, and more

Reading Rockets.

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Center on Technology and Disability.

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LRE Materials from Individual States

Even if you don’t live in the States making these resources available, you’ll find good guidance about LRE decision making in all of the materials below.

AK | Alaska | Getting AIM

AZ | Arizona | 100 General Accommodations

CA | California |  Information on LRE —

CA | California |  Inclusive Practices —

CT | Connecticut | Least Restrictive Environment Initiative

DE | Delaware | Guidelines for Inclusion

DE | Delaware | Accessible Instructional Materials

FL | Florida | Least Restrictive Environment Considerations Related to Individual Educational Plans

GA | Georgia | LRE Decision-Making Model —

IA | Iowa | Least Restrictive Environment

IL | Illinois | LRE Clearinghouse

KS | Kansas | Educational Placement and Least Restrictive Environment

KY | Kentucky | Kentucky Accessible Materials Database

LA | Louisiana | Standards for Building Inclusive Schools

LA | Louisiana | Access Guide: Locate Strategies, Accommodations, and Technologies for the LA Comprehensive Curriculum

ME | Maine | Least Restrictive Environment
An entire page full of materials and resources for educators.

MN | Minnesota | Special Education in the Classroom

MT | Montana | Best Practices for Instruction
Lots and lots of resources!

NC | North Carolina | Lots of instructional support materials.
At the link below, you’ll see tabs across the top of the page, such as “Disability Resources” and “Instructional Resources.” Check out what’s available under the tabs!

NE | Nebraska | Assessment and Instruction of Students with Disabilities

NJ | Array of Supports for Including Students with Disabilities in General Education Programs

NJ | Developing an IEP for Educating Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment —

NV | Nevada | Instructional and Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

OH | Ohio | Teaching Students with Disabilities (multiple resources)

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Developed by the Facilitator Team for the LRE Part B Community of Practice, based on a review of research and literature, as well as on the team’s experience in providing technical assistance.

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