Understanding the Diverse Educational Strengths and Needs of Students with Disabilities
Chapter Overview and Objectives
Chapter 2 introduces issues related to the special education identification process, and meeting the needs of students with high- and low-incidence disabilities. The chapter presents concepts such as the prereferral and placement system for students with disabilities, the Individualized Education Program, and the various special education categories. The chapter begins with a case study about Marty, a student with varied educational needs. This case provides a framework for discussing factors that educators should consider in designing an appropriate education for students, like Marty, who have diverse educational needs.
After reading this chapter, candidates should have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to:
- describe how the special education identification process works.
- identify the components of an individualized education program (IEP) and how it can be implemented in general education settings.
- describe the educational strengths and needs of students with high-incidence disabilities.
- describe the educational strengths and needs of students with low-incidence disabilities.