A very good friend of mine, Chris Stonecipher, wrote an excellent article about special needs children and mainstreaming in education titled, "Special Education and Main-Streaming." Chris is an advocate for special needs children and their families. He has first hand experience with Autism, and has provided much needed attention to various issues related to special needs children. A snippet of the article:
"Main-streaming is the inclusion of special education students in general educational classrooms. It has been widely debated as to how successful students can be using this system. In this article, I give some personal insight to my feelings on main-streaming."