The Special Education Program in the Public Schools

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Abstract This paper provides information of the Special Education Program in the Public Schools. It analyzes the life of a child with disability and their educators. It also analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of the Special Education Program. Individuals who are not aware of the special education, or have a child in special education, will find this paper quite informative. It allows individuals to determine who are interested in the program, who qualifies, who does not qualify, how to get into the program, and what the special education is about. It provides information of the child’s feelings, self-esteem, and struggles he/she faced. You will find out what a teacher needs in order to qualify to handle a child in special education. Throughout the years, children have been born and diagnosed with a disorder known as a learning disability. A child is considered disabled if referred and evaluated with a discrepancy in cognitive and or physical areas. Types of disabilities include but not limited to; mental retardation, impairments to hearing, speech, or vision, serious emotional disturbance an orthopedic impairment, autism traumatic brain injury, a specific learning disability, or multiple disabilities. Children with learning disabilities have issues comprehending, paying attention, and focusing in an ordinary classroom. Federal law, specifically the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), mandates school systems to provide support and accommodations to such individuals in order for them to receive the same education in the least restrictive environment as with their peers. The Special Education Program offers a variety of support and modification assistance to b... ... middle of paper ... ...disabled kids and not in an ordinary classroom. That is not right. Many special education students are negatively labeled. It is not the fault of the individual that they have a disability. It was not a choice; it is an unfortunate disability and those with disabilities should not be criticized or looked at differently for something that is not optional. Works Cited Shanker, A. (Dec 1994) "Full inclusion is neither free nor appropriate." 18. June 28 2010 http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy.chemeketa.edu:2048/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=9412281039&loginpage=login.asp&site=ehost-live>. Wooster, Martin Morse. (Nov.2001) "Special Ed Needs Narrowing." 57. June 28 2010. 2009.
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