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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