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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM via web

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What is the significance of stake holders supporting families with special need children/people?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:17 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that the significance of stake holders supporting families with special needs children is to help them ensure that a specific child's success is evident.  Special Education has transformed over the last decade or two.  Stakeholders or advocates supporting families were needed in decades past to ensure that some services were provided.  Special Education existed in a very rudimentary form, in which stakeholders were needed to provide some level of accommodation to Special Education students. 

In our current context, Special Education is accepted as a vital part of the modern educational setting.  However, with this integration has come so much else.  Paperwork, legal constructions, definitions, Individualized Education Plans, other initiatives designed to intervene on behalf of student learning, and to ensure that these plans follow students from grade level to grade level are all just a small part of what families with special needs children experience.  Stakeholders or advocates are now needed to help families wade through the morass of such reality.  They are needed to help buffer families between the needs of helping their children as well as the jargon and documentation which can be overwhelming.  Ensuring that families' needs and, more importantly, the needs of the individual student are being met by school districts and individual classrooms becomes the fundamental challenged now facing advocates or stakeholders.

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