Special Education Research Papers

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Special education has come a long way since 1817 when the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb persons opened in Hartford CT. (SPED Book pg8)
There have been many positive changes to special education since then, many trials and tribulations many parents and educators in need of answers and help. Now almost 200 years later there are many barriers broken and more to be tackled.
Special education is always and forever changing with time and knowledge. We will touch on many subjects of legal mandates that are put in place today so our students with disabilities have a good education. Why children with disabilities have their civil rights. The rights of students with disabilities being placed in a least restrictive
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(SPED book pg9) It was reauthorized to raise higher quality standards for all qualifying students with disabilities. It is broken down by zero reject, free appropriate public education (FAPE), Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), assessment, Individualized Education Program (IEP), and procedural safeguards or due process.
Lastly there is Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which basically states that no person who is handicapped should be excluded, denied or discriminated under any programs that receives Federal financial assistance. (SPED book pg. 15)
The reasons why people consider Special Education a Civil Rights issue, is because all persons with disabilities should not be discriminated against and have a right to a free public education. That is why they put laws like IDEA in effect so there are clear cut laws for eligible individuals with disabilities to have the right to an education for themselves.
There are many factors to considering Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). First of all what is it? It’s where a student must be educated like that of their peers which is a general education class setting. If they are not in this setting the educator has to justify why a student with disability is not in the LRE environment. (SPED book
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It may change their view of who they are when they see them going down the street or having them in their college class. These students’ perceptions may change and they may have an eye opening experience. It may make them realize the extent of capabilities like Brian has and how successful they could become with a little determination, positivity and support from family and peers.
Some other biases that may occur are that parents whom have children with disabilities don’t know their rights to education for their children. They think that the educator or school needs to approach them and they may be afraid to ask for help because they don’t know that they have a right to free education for their child whom is

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