1/4/2012

Patricia Bendorf, the namesake of Bendorf Elementary School in Spring Valley, Nev., began her work as an advocate for children with special needs when one of her daughters, who has a learning disability, was in school. A telephone and letter-writing campaign she launched helped secure the passage by Congress in 1975 of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, and her work helped create some of the first self-contained classrooms for students with disabilities in Nevada.

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