The nonspecific “developmental delay” category may be used only for students ages 3 through 9 (Adamek, M & Darrow, A. One of the goals to being successful is to create a universal design for learning (UDL).This design gives all students an opportunity to be successful.
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates roughly 70 percent of today’s students are enrolled in elementary or middle schools.
Consequently, the number of children and adults with special education needs is likely to rise at the same time educators are putting an increased focus on college and career readiness for all.
Thirteen different disability categories are listed by IDEA for ages 6-21.
They are: specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, visual impairment, autism, deaf-blindness, traumatic brain injury, and developmental delay. Add working with 21 Century Goals and the Standard Course of Study to having special needs students in the classroom and the challenge becomes even greater.
Defining Instructional Accommodations One of the ways to increase student access to academic content standards through instruction in the general curriculum is by using instructional accommodations.
Accommodations are changes in the way a student accesses learning, without changing the actual standards a student is working toward.
If a student approaches you for a disability-related accommodation, please refer the student to the OAE.
In a world of budget cuts, staffing shortages and larger class sizes, understanding the laws that surround special education programs in U. schools is crucial to building an inclusive learning environment for every student — from those with physical and learning disabilities, to exceptionally gifted children, and every child in between.
Accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, give students an unfair advantage or in the case of assessments, change what a test measures.