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The Road Ahead For Special Ed

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Karisha Hearns

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The Road Ahead For Special Ed
The High School SPED Experience
Special education law requires that students are placed in the
least restrictive environment
appropriate or practical which has led to many students with disabilities placed in regular education classrooms.

Students may be enrolled in -
Specialized Unit Setting
Regular or Modified Core Courses
Any Elective Course
Graduation Requirements:
Credits, Attendance, Assessments
Students enrolled in Modified Courses may graduate under the Minimum Plan with participation in required state assessments and successful completion of IEP goals and objectives including:
Life After High School
Students with disabilities will attend a college/university or a vocational training program based on their career preference.
Today Matters!
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X
College & Career Readiness
Specific Learning Disabilities/SLD
All Sped students have been evaluated by a licensed diagnostician to determine if one or more SLD is present.
As many as 1 out of every 5 people in the U.S. has a learning disability.
A disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that manifests in an inability to
listen, think, speak, read write, spell, or to do math calculations,
including perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
Common SLDs
Written Expression
Basic Reading
Listening Comprehension
Math Computation
Math Problem Solving
Reading Fluency
Reading Comprehension
Oral Expression
A change that helps a student overcome or work around the disability usually physical or environmental changes. Allowing a student who has trouble writing to give answers orally is an example of an accommodation.
Generally connected to instruction and assessment - things that can be tangibly changed or modified. Making the assignment easier so the student is not doing the same level or work as other students is an example of a modification.
Special education students may graduate with a high school diploma under the Distinguished, Recommended, or Minimum Plan with satisfactorily completion of the State's required standards.
Full-time employment
Mastery of employability and self-help skills
Access to support services
Behavior Modifications & SPED
Learning problems can cause behavior and emotional problems. Behavior can also be the result of how a student's brain works.
Behavior is a form of communication.
What is the behavior telling us?
All accommodated students can attend college.
Grades and ACT/SAT scores reviewed for admittance
Success and challenges in HS determine type of accommodations received in college
Self-advocacy is important!
Students must know thyself!

Students receiving modified instruction may attend college.
Attendance at community college required prior to 4-year university
College Funding for
Students with Disabilities
Federal Student Aid Programs
Pell Grants
Stafford Loans
PLUS Loans
Campus-Based Programs
Additional Funding for
Students with Disabilities
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Plan for Achieving Self Support
State Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Department of Assistive Rehabilitation Services (free money for college)
General Scholarships and Awards
Disability Awareness Activities
Activity #1 Autism
Activity #2 - Learning Disability
Activity #3 - Intellectual Disability
Today Matters!
Effective teachers and other adults must learn about each student's disabilities in order to individualize teaching and learning.
When we say that students have disabilities, we are referring to the specific categories of exceptionality prescribed by federal law.

Students with one or more disabilities that negatively affect their educational performance are eligible for special education services.

A disability label can only provide general guidelines about a student.
Hearing Impairment
Emotional Disturbance
Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disability
Orthopedic Impairment
Other health Impairment
Specific learning disability
Speech/language impairment
Traumatic brain injury
Visual Impairment
Part 1: The High School SPED Experience - Disability Awareness
Part 2: The High School SPED Experience - Accommodations & Modifications
Part 3: The Road to Graduation and Beyond
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