Going to college is a very common goal for students, including those with disabilities. Now, as can be the case in many areas related to education, there can be some special challenges for students with special needs when it comes to this goal. This includes challenges related to:
Among the concerns a parent of a student with disabilities may have is whether their child will be able to graduate. Now, a special needs student’s likelihood of getting a high school diploma can be affected by many aspects of their educational experience, both in high school and at lower levels. This is among the reasons why having a well-tailored Individualized Education Program that properly covers important issues relevant to their education needs can be so crucial for such students. So, what happens during the IEP process can matter greatly. Skilled education lawyers can give parents of special needs students guidance during this often complex process.
Federal law protects the education rights of students with disabilities. Among the rights it gives such students is the right to a “free appropriate public education.”
It is critical for children with disabilities to get the special education services they need. Unfortunately, there are various things that can create challenges on this front. One is teacher shortages. A school not being able to get as many teachers as it needs, especially special education teachers, could potentially cut down on the support and opportunities special needs students have access to.
Many individuals here in the U.S. struggle with mental illness. Children are no exception to this; it is estimated that signs or symptoms of a mental health condition may be present in as many as one in five of the nation’s children.
Digital technology has come to play a major role in many key areas in our society. This includes education. Things such as computer and device use at schools, educational websites and online homework portals are making up a bigger and bigger part of the educational experience at U.S. schools. Digital technology in the classroom and online educational resources can provide many unique educational opportunities for students. However, they also raise challenges. Among these challenges are challenges with ensuring special needs students are able to access school-related digital technology and the opportunities it provides.
Suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can pose some special challenges for a child when it comes to their educational experience. This is among the reasons why federal law gives special protections to individuals with ADHD when it comes to education. We discussed some of these special protections in a recent post.
So, what is an IEP?
When you have a child who needs special educational accommodations and approaches, you often trust that the school has the resources in place to create a plan that will accurately evaluate your child and will give him (or her) the tools to develop necessary skills. Though that is likely the intention, the results of their efforts might not always match up.
There are many things one would hope schools would be vigilant about when it comes to what activities they have their students with special needs do as part of their education experience. One is ensuring that the activities they have each of their special education students do are well-suited to the particular student’s educational needs. Another is making sure the activities don’t stigmatize special needs students.