Do you think people’s perceptions of others play a role in the success of students with disabilities? Why or why not? Choose one law covered in Chapter 1. These include IDEA, NCLB, Section 504 and ADA. How does your chosen law protect students with disabilities from negative perceptions and beliefs? Week 1 discussion 1 and 2
I believe that people’s perception does play a role in the success of students with disabilities. It is human nature to stare, fear or ridicule people who appear or act different from what we consider to be normal. For students with physical handicaps or limitations, their self-image is very important to them. They get upset and sometimes depress because they can’t do certain things as other children can because they need the help of other people. These kids are aware that of the fact that they are physically different that most others and that there are certain things they cannot do. What people think of them does affect their self-esteem. Children with disabilities want to succeed and participate as much as they can and this needs to be encouraged and fostered by the teachers and by their family members. The focus needs to be on what the child can do not can't do. The law I chose is the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB). The law emphasizes assessment and accountability, and requires states to show adequate yearly progress in raising student’s achievements. The aim is to improve reading and mathematics for all children including children with disabilities. The law gives children with disabilities a fair chance for a good education. Since not all disable children are capable of taking the same test as other students in their grade. The law provides some allowance and accommodations for special needs children such as large print test, booklets, extended test periods, small groups or a one on one testing session, helping students write their answers using Braille, sign language translators and computers.
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