Posts Tagged:Special Education

Is Your Child’s 504 Plan Being Followed? 6 Tips to Find Out

After various meetings and consultations, your child now has a 504 plan. But is the school actually providing him the services, modifications, and accommodations he is entitled to? Here are six tips to find out. Know who is responsible for each of your child’s services. Your child’s 504 plan should not only state the specific services…

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IEP vs 504 Plans: How Do They Compare?

Originally found at Understood. Throughout a child’s educational career, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans can offer formal assistance for various learning and attention issues. While certain characteristics are common to both systems, they are quite different and entail various laws, educational staff, and parental involvement. As a parent or guardian, it’s essential to…

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School Tried To Label Her Son “Retarded” But She Fought Back And Won

Telling parents that their child has special needs can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. In this segment, Christine Jenkins shares her experiences with her child’s school district. The school district labeled her son as “retarded” with behavioral issues. This mother fought the school system back and ultimately moved him to another district where he is doing well.…...

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3 Things Parents MUST Know If Their Child Is In Special Education

Award-winning educator and disability scholar, Dr. Roosevelt Mitchell III explains three things that parents must know if their child is in Special Education. Firstly, parents should know the ins and outs of their child’s I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan), and how to hold teachers accountable for it. Secondly, parents must understand how their child’s I.E.P. aligns…...

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Overrepresentation in Special Education: Why So Many Black Kids? (Video)

Nationally, there is an alarming number of black children who are considered in need of special education. In this segment of Your Black Education, educator, Kamal Malik speaks about the over-representation of black children in special education. Mr. Malik has taught at many levels and is currently a diagnostician who administers cognitive and achievement tests…...

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The Break-Down of Special Education Services for African-American Parents

Parents who have been told that their child needs special education classes might feel frighten, confused and overwhelmed. However, the process does not have to be, especially with the right information and people helping you through different procedures. Most importantly, as the parent of a child with special needs, you will have to become the…...

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The Empty Classroom: Violence In The Community Impact On Black Males…

By: Tiffany Caesar Within urban schools black males have been described as the “highest casualties”, and Clarence L. Terry (2011) explains how adopting a critical race theory perspective will allow for math educators to provide a more utilitarian approach that is outside the traditional academic means. The author defines violence as physical, mental, and economical…...

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Fixing The Special Education System in America

By Giovanni Zaburoni The U.S. Department of Education and the Obama Administration are trying to tackle an ongoing issue of racial disparities within the special education system. Black students in special education classes are more likely to be disciplined and given out-of-school suspensions than their white counterparts. According to Education Week, more than one out of…

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The Presence Of Racial Imbalance In The Treatment Of Autism

By Angela Wills The Ferguson Commission report begins with statements that implied that the key to empathy is vulnerability, and, in turn, empathy is the key to understanding people from multiple backgrounds. Individuals with developmental disabilities represent the largest group of vulnerable communities in our society, not accounting for race. Because there is a racial…

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