categories of children with special needs
There are four major types of special needs children:
- Physical – muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, chronic asthma, epilepsy, etc.
- Developmental – down syndrome, autism, dyslexia, processing disorders
- Behavioral/Emotional – ADD, bi-polar, oppositional defiance disorder, etc.
- Sensory Impaired – Blind, visually impaired, deaf, limited hearing
Is your child being treated humanely? Know your rights.
- IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
- Students with disabilities must be prepared for further education, employment and independent living
- If a child’s strengths, endurance, or stamina cannot keep up with school activities, they qualify for “other health impaired” special education status
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- Prohibits schools from discriminating against children with disabilities
- Requires schools to provide accommodations for disabled students
- Students with impairments that substantially limit a major life activity can qualify as disabled (learning and social deficits too)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Schools must meet the needs of children with psychiatric problems
- No Child Left Behind
Schools must uphold achievement standards for children with disabilities