Importance Of Cultural Diversity In Special Education

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Cultural Diversity and Special Education
Sandra Albert
Wingate University
EL 7095
Dr. Compton

Cultural diversity is increasing in our schools and directly affects how we work with students with disabilities. There is also a disproportionate representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students in special education (Chu, 2011). The following paper will explore cultural diversity and the special education referral process including implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI). It will also assess some of the data in Mooresville Graded Schools by looking at gender, race and disability at the elementary level. By understanding the cultural diversity in our school system we can better meet the needs of …show more content…

In order to do this we must recognize what being culturally proficient means and model that in all our interactions in our community. By addressing cultural needs and building on personal experiences, our staff and students will gain a greater appreciation for other cultures and be able to work and live in our global society. “We must first comprehend the fact that children-all children-come to school motivated to enlarge their culture. But we must start with their culture….” (Garcia, 1999 p.8 as cited in Lindsey et al, 2013) This statement is true for all students especially students with disabilities as educators build upon student strengths and personal experiences to make connections between school, home and community.
Assessing the cultural diversity in our exceptional children’s department is important for several reasons. First, we need look at the referral process and ensure that there isn’t a disproportionate representation of students with culturally diverse backgrounds in special education. Secondly, we need to assess whether the students who are receiving special education services, are doing so using appropriate culturally relevant tools and instructional techniques. Finally, we need to make sure we are communicating appropriately with the parents and other family members of all our …show more content…

Additionally, of the twenty four students with autism only three were female which is consistent with the research on autism identification. Males and females learn differently regardless of disability and parent expectations of their children may also vary due to gender and disability (McDermott, 2008). It’s important to understand the learning styles of the two genders and the needs that the disability presents so that teachers can make instructional

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