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Ch 3: Historical, Legal & Ethical Foundations of Special Education

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Boost your confidence ahead of an important exam by reviewing this chapter on the legal, ethical and historical foundations of special education. The video and text lessons you'll find here are designed to help you easily understand these topics as you prepare for an exam or finish your homework.

Historical, Legal & Ethical Foundations of Special Education - Chapter Summary

Our instructors present the ethical, historical and legal foundations of special education in this informative chapter. Topics covered here include current trends in the education field as well as some of the laws that impact special education students and students with disabilities. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss the foundations of special education
  • Identify some of the issues related to identifying students with special needs
  • Summarize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Explain the safeguards provided for special education under IDEA
  • Outline the impact the Americans with Disabilities Act has on education
  • Detail the accommodations provided under the Rehabilitation Act Section 504
  • Describe the rights of special education students and parents
  • Understand the ethical and professional communication needed in special education

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7 Lessons in Chapter 3: Historical, Legal & Ethical Foundations of Special Education
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Current Trends in Special Education

1. Current Trends in Special Education

It has been estimated that 54% of students with disabilities are receiving their instruction in the regular classroom 80% or more of the day. With more students with disabilities receiving their instruction in the general education classroom, support for inclusion has increased.

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - History and Summary

2. IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - History and Summary

It is important for all teachers to understand the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it impacts students with disabilities. This lesson discusses the six main principles of IDEA and how they are implemented in the classroom.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards: IDEA & Explanation

3. Special Education Procedural Safeguards: IDEA & Explanation

IDEA regulations include a set of procedural safeguards designed to protect the rights of children with disabilities, their parents, and the involved agencies. This lesson explores the most important safeguards afforded to families under IDEA.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Provisions & Impact on Education

4. Americans with Disabilities Act: Provisions & Impact on Education

In an effort to provide equal access for all students, the federal government has passed a number of laws that provide protection to disabled students. In this lesson, we'll learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act and its effect on education.

Rehabilitation Act Section 504: Accommodations & Regulations

5. Rehabilitation Act Section 504: Accommodations & Regulations

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Read on to learn how Section 504 affects employers, students and teachers in companies and schools.

Special Education Parent & Student Rights

6. Special Education Parent & Student Rights

Special education students and their parents have unique needs. This lesson will explore the rights of special needs students and their parents and will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

Professional & Ethical Communication in Special Education

7. Professional & Ethical Communication in Special Education

If you are going to become a special educator, learning some of the norms and expectations for communication is important. This lesson discusses professional and ethical communication issues in the special education setting.

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