Family Friendly Tech and Advocacy: Tech Psychologist's Guide by Dr. Jeanne Beckman

Family Friendly Tech and Advocacy: Tech Psychologist's Guide   by Dr. Jeanne Beckman
Finally, a book to help families find the right technology to accommodate reading disorders (dyslexia) and other disabilties! ISBN 978-1-60264-089-4

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Self-contained versus resource classes

When is it resource support, and when is it segregation?

While most parents and some schools understand that students with special education needs should receive remedial help, or remediation, the question of how these services should be provided often creates a rift between school and home.

If the class specifically targets an individual's area of weakness, such as reading decoding or fluency, with a research-validated intervention, and the student participates in the mainstream class, then it is resource remediation. However, if the student is in a self-contained language arts classroom in lieu of the mainstream language arts classroom, then it is segregation. According to the 1954 Supreme Court Ruling, Brown v Board of Education, "separate but equal" is not equal and is against the law of the land.

Students should be supported in their mainstream classes with appropriate accommodations in order to have full access to their regular curriculum.

Do your child's educational services and supports provide an equal opportunity to learn and grow with his or her peers?

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