Definitions for "Least Restrictive Environment"
Each child with a disability should receive services in an instructional setting that most closely approximates the learning environment of his/her non-disabled peers (regular classroom) in a manner beneficial to the individual student and students in the regular classroom. The LRE is determined by the IEP team.
An eligible child's LRE requirement may be met in three ways: (1) Participation at least part of the time in Head Start or another public agency serving preschool children; (2) Placement in a private setting that may or may not enroll additional children with disabilities; (3) Locating segregated classes for eligible children in regular elementary schools.
Educational placement in which, to the maximum extent appropriate, exceptional children are placed in educational programs with non-exceptional children.
Setting that provides the greatest opportunity for independence while ensuring the safety of the individual.
A work, school, or living situation that allows individuals as much freedom of choice and independence as possible without endangering their health or physical safety.
Keywords:  meeting, pattern, needs, living, normal
The setting or place that causes the least change to a person’s normal pattern of living and working which is at the same time effective in meeting that person’s needs (It should be as close as possible to the person’s home).