Joanne Urgese

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Since the enactment of public law 94-142 in 1975, public schools have been searching for ways to extend the opportunities for their handicapped students to receive more of their education with nonhandicapped peers. While looking for ways to do this they have also been concerned with the outcomes such placement would have on the students in such areas as social adjustment and academic achievement. The Shorehan-Wading River Middle School has had a program in place since 1973 which responds to this need. This program, called community service, is most effective in promoting positive mainstreaming in both the area of social adjustment and of academic achievement, for both the handicapped student and the nonhandicapped student.