Read the quote below. The same could be said of developmental disabilities - ESPECIALLY autism. It will be interesting to find out where future adults with autism will live, in homes with parents, group homes, or prisons. Will our prison system become the new mental health hospital like California?
The US House passed H.R. 1350, the Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003, which reauthorizes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) The provisions in H.R. 1350 and in its companion bill, H.R. 1373, the IDEA Parental Choice Act of 2003, jeopardize educational quality for the most vulnerable children in our public schools. In this era of "Leave No Child Behind," the House is proposing to do just that: to leave behind children with disabilities.
A very interesting article from a teacher who claims schools and districts can hold a child in the special ed system due to labels and funding. Also of interest is her description of the need for good reading programs and proper teaching procedures:
An excellent article in Exceptional Parent Magazine/September 2002 by Patricia H. Mueller, EdD.
Somewhere along the line something went wrong. Special education has become a system that depends heavily on relatively untrained, underpaid, and devalued staff members to provide instruction to our most challenging students. That is what I call the "paraeducator paradox."
By Steven R. Shaw, NCSP, Oct. 2002 Article found here
Anyone who works with children with autism, learning disabilities, or mental retardation has observed the child who craves being held tightly, the child with high pain tolerance, the child with tactile defensiveness, the child who is clumsy, and the child who cannot tolerate tags on the inside of
Do you ever wonder what other states are doing about training teachers and certifying them to work with kids with autism? Well Michigan state has taken the bull by the horns and is offering coursework for special education. How about Oregon teachers?
ACE The Autism Collaborative Endorsement: a newly created Internet-based autism program. This endorsement program is designed to help teachers obtain an additional special education endorsement in the area of autism.