Roles and Responsibilities in Special Education

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Roles and Responsibilities in Special Education
Melinda Harper
Grand Canyon University
Special Education Program Development and Funding
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Dr. Justina Kwapy
July 16, 2014

Roles and Responsibilities in Special Education The world of education is anything but static. It is in a constant state of change with everyone hoping to do the greater good for our children. Roles and responsibilities of those who help the children continue to grow and evolve, and educators learn how to manage the diverse classrooms of today. The roles and responsibilities of those educators who are contributing to the education of our students with special needs have evolved over time. Considering how the Romans treated those with disabilities by leaving infants outside to die, or Greek philosophers made grave statements that they should not exist, to even earlier years in the U.S. creating institutions named, State Asylum for Unteachable Idiots, I feel that the world of special education has come a long way and still continues to grow in a positive manner. With the growth and progress that is being made students are no longer sent to institutional homes or facilities. Many families are caring for their special needs children. There are schools that are for special needs students that offer supports and services to the students, but many students are returning back to their home (local) schools. Teachers are receiving more education and extra training to better meet the needs of the students with disabilities. Students who return to their home schools are now included in after school activities (sports, and or clubs) with their general education peers. Students who are integrated into the general education classrooms are in the mainstream environment with peers like them (age based). Students in earlier years would have been separated or segregated from their peers,…...

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