Special education classes seem to be a necessity today as the number of children with special needs keeps increasing on a yearly basis. He has also suggested that the focus on learning disabilities and the provision of accommodations in school fails to acknowledge that people have a range of strengths and weaknesses and places undue emphasis on academics by insisting that students should be supported in this arena and not in music or sports.
Our mission is to close existing gaps between children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers by fine-tuning our key measures of success and key strategies for implementation and expanding our innovative tools, resources, and evidence-based practices.
In the discrepancy model, a student receives special education services for a specific learning difficulty (SLD) if the student has at least normal intelligence and the student’s academic achievement is below what is expected of a student with his or her IQ Although the discrepancy model has dominated the school system for many years, there has been substantial criticism of this approach (e.g., Aaron, 1995, Flanagan and Mascolo, 2005) among researchers.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires : The IEP team in a case of a child whose behavior impedes his or her learning, or that of others to consider.strategies including positive behavioral intervention and systems to achieve positive change.
Almost 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of students with disabilities can be made more effective by having high expectations for all students and ensuring students with disabilities’ access to the general education curriculum in the regular classroom, to the maximum extent possible.