Epilepsy in Children – What Special Education Teachers Need to Know

    The Prevalance of Epilepsy

    Epilepsy affects approximately one in 200 children (around 0.5%). In a special education context, there are often students who have epilepsy as a dual disability alongside another disability. For example, some students may have cerebral palsy as well as epilepsy. Teachers need to be aware of the combined effects on learning of both conditions, and the long-term implications that both can have on student well-being and daily functioning. Continue reading Epilepsy in Children – What Special Education Teachers Need to Know

Brief Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Brief Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IDEA

    The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act was adopted by Congress in 1975 to mandate how States should provide education to special needs children from birth to age 21.

    It is not really a law as States do not have to comply with the Act, but all 50 states have chosen to follow the mandate and receive federal funds issued for its purpose in providing educational access and equity for students with disabilities and identified special learning needs.

    There have been many updates to the Act since it’s beginning in 1975. Continue reading Brief Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act