Exceptionality and Special Education

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Exceptionality and Special Education

Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities. Special education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to the parents and can include special instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals or institutions, or in other settings. This definition of special education comes from IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This law gives eligible children with disabilities the right to receive special services and assistance in school. Almost 7 million children ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services each year in the United States. This lecture focuses on an overview of terms and concepts of importance in special education.

Areas covered include:

  • definition of special education
  • exceptionality
  • disability classifications
  • gender issues in special education
  • internalizing and externalizing behaviors
  • using correct language
  • accommodations and modifications
  • expectations for special educators
  • universal design for learning
  • inclusion
  • the difference between a disability and a handicap.

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