About This Chapter
Advocacy in Special Education - Chapter Summary
There are numerous advocacy groups involved with special education. This chapter provides you with detailed information on groups that advocate for students with various learning challenges. You'll find short lessons on advocacy groups for disabilities, special education, and ADHD. Ableism inside schools and self-advocacy activities are also covered. The brief quizzes at the end of each lesson give you the opportunity to check your understanding and measure your progress through the chapter.
How It Helps
- Creates awareness: Presents a wide range of special education advocacy groups that teachers can utilize.
- Provides activities: Details self-advocacy activities that teachers can implement into their classroom.
- Supports family: Teachers can share this information with students' families to provide additional support.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Identify disability advocacy groups that could benefit your students
- Know which groups advocate for special education, ADHD, and disabilities
- Understand how ableism occurs in schools, and work to prevent this form of discrimination
1. Disability Advocacy Groups
Groups that advocate for individuals with disabilities may focus on the disabled population in general or on those with certain disabilities. Read on to learn about the different disability advocacy groups and what they do.
2. Special Education Services in Private Schools
Special education in private schools leads to the question of whether those schools are subject to the same rules as public schools. This lesson discusses the educational laws that apply to private schools and illustrates them through a practical case.
3. Special Education Advocacy Groups
Special education advocacy groups work to keep parents involved and informed about the issues affecting students with disabilities. Read on to find out what a few of these groups are doing and see what helpful resources are available to you.
4. Special Education Laws in Florida
Florida has a number of federal and state laws in place to ensure the effectiveness of special education practices. Read on for more information concerning these regulations.
5. Special Education Private Schools in California
Students who require special education have over a hundred schools from which to choose in California. Read on to learn more about these academic programs and how they can benefit students with special needs.
6. ADHD Advocacy Groups
ADHD advocacy groups exist on both the national and local level. Read on to learn about these organizations and how they support individuals with ADHD, along with their family members and educators.
7. What is Reasonable Accommodation? - Definition & Examples
This lesson defines reasonable accommodation according to the current legal basis. In addition, it provides you with practical examples of situations when reasonable accommodation is in place.
8. The Effects of High-Stakes Testing on Students with Disabilities
In this lesson, teachers will learn about some of the common effects of high-stakes testing on students with learning disabilities. In addition, this lesson will provide teachers with strategies for improving these students' test performance.
9. Ableism in Schools
Ableism is prevalent in our current society, although it is not generally addressed. This lesson will define ableism, explore its common forms, provide some real-world examples, and discuss various implications within today's schools.
10. Self-Advocacy for Adults with Learning Disabilities
In this lesson, teachers will learn about the importance of teaching self-advocacy skills to adults with learning disabilities. The lesson will cover several strategies for helping students gain independence in their everyday lives.
11. Self-Advocacy Activities
This lesson will provide you with classroom activities that will teach students how to advocate for themselves. Included are examples for students at the elementary, middle, and high school level.
12. Vulnerable Population: Definition & Examples
Did you know that children and the elderly are both considered vulnerable populations? In this lesson, we will learn all about vulnerable population from examples.
13. Child Find: Law, Process & Screening
Knowledge of the Child Find mandate is important because it involves specific obligations that educators may have to address. This lesson details the relevant aspects of this mandate through a practical example.
14. Poverty & Learning Disabilities
Is there a connection between poverty rates and children with learning disabilities? As educators, what can we do to make sure all our students are receiving a quality education? This lesson explores the relationship between poverty and learning disabilities and offers suggestions on how we can advocate for all students we serve.
15. Special Education Referrals: Process & Timeline
In this lesson, you will learn about the process for special education referrals, including an overview of each step from referral to placement, as well as the timeline involved.
16. Self-Advocacy Activities for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Individuals with learning disabilities often face challenges when it comes to making decisions, communicating with others, and living independently. Let's look at some activities you can use to help adult students practice self-advocacy skills.
17. Working & Communicating with Parents of Special Education Students
If you have students in special education, establishing a relationship with their parents is important for student success. In this lesson, you will review some tips for productive interactions with parents of special education students.
18. Special Education Resources for Parents
A variety of groups and organizations offer tools, information and other resources for parents of special education students. Read on to discover what they have to offer.
19. Special Education: Federal Laws & Regulations
Children with disabilities are protected by federal legislation and have the right to a public education. This lesson looks at some specific laws and regulations that affect teachers of students with disabilities.
20. Teaching Personal Care Skills to Students with Learning Disabilities
This lesson provides engaging strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities about personal care. Use these strategies designed for low- and high-functioning students in your classroom today.
21. Disability Awareness Activities
Teachers, use this lesson plan to increase disability awareness. Students will be able to identify equipment and services available at their school, discuss laws for individuals with disabilities, and learn strategies to increase tolerance of their needs.
22. Autism Awareness Project Ideas
In the 21st century classroom, there are an increasing number of students with autism spectrum disorder. In this resource, you will find a collection of project ideas for middle and high school students to help raise their awareness about autism.
23. Life, Animated Discussion Questions
These questions are intended for the memoir ''Life, Animated'', but can be adapted for the documentary of the same name. In either case, use these to guide your class through a discussion on the themes and ideas of this true story.
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Other chapters within the Resources for Teaching Special Education course
- Social Skills & Special Education
- Life Skills & Special Education
- Teaching Special Education
- Math Instruction in Special Education
- Language Arts & Special Education
- Music & Art in Special Education
- Special Education for Adults with Disabilities
- Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies & Information
- Speech Therapy Activities & Materials
- Special Education Classroom Strategies
- IEP Goals & Meeting Resources
- Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Teachers
- 504 Plans Examples & Information
- Language Disorders Resources