NASET News Alert

Safety Concerns for Special-Education Students

June 30, 2010

In the summer of 2007, a student with an intellectual disorder arrived at her adult transition class, ready to be assessed for possible placement in a work program. However, half-way through the assessment she suddenly became lethargic and nonresponsive. Then, without warning, she passed out, nearly collapsing to the floor before the examiner caught her fall. The incident startled the special education providers and other students who were in the room. Luckily, the examiner - who had knowledge that the girl suffered from various conditions such as fainting and seizures - knew how to aid her during this moment while another teacher in the classroom called 911. While this incident was sudden and dramatic, it is not uncommon, especially for those who work with students with special needs. This incident also reveals the need for teachers, parents, and other special education providers the need to ensure a student's safety and well-being. To read more, click here

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