What is Special Education? Essay

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Before covering the main idea behind how technology can enhance learning of special students, it is important to discuss what qualifies a student as ?special?. Special Education is identified as, ?the education of children who deviate socially, mentally, or physically from the average to such an extent that they require major modifications of usual school practices,? (Encyclopedia Britannica Online, 2005, p.1). According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, ?students with disabilities include those with mental retardation, hearing impairments, speech or language impairments, visual impairments, serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, other health impairments, or specific learning …show more content…
This school accepts students into the classrooms without any disabilities to provide an inclusion program for ?normal? students. These students may attend for any reason, but mostly because their parents find the interaction between them and special students imperative, not to mention to 1:2 teachers to students ratio (Loh, 2004, p. 1B). Lewis and Doorlag emphasize the importance of the special students remaining with their peers and not being excluded from normal activities in school. They also discuss the reduction of labeling these students in the mainstream environment (1999, p.12). Special students develop socially with their peers and become comfortable working with ?normal learners?, which prepares them for life experiences such as finding a job, working with others, or getting involved in the community. In my personal experience, I attended a high school with an inclusion program and have had many opportunities to interact with these students. Not only were they present and participating at a majority of the schools? events, they were interacting with the rest of us. It also made the general education students more aware of others, realizing how well we can all work together. Timmy, a student in the inclusion program, participated in the school musical production. A girl in the inclusion program took a jazz dance class, and performed in two dance numbers at the spring performance. These opportunities for all students will help in their

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