How important are support systems for students with disabilities and special education teachers?  

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Students who have disabilities have just as much right to an effective and proper education as those students who have no disabilities. Schools have limitations, of course, but they must provide the necessary support systems to ensure these students the best chance for success. This might include making accommodations, providing special resource rooms for individualized instruction as needed, and creating an environment in which teachers and parents work as a team to optimize the students' learning experience.

Parents must also become their children's support systems; they have to act as advocates for their children at school and wherever else their children might need it. Without any support systems, these students are likely to be overlooked, ignored, or worse because classrooms are full and teachers are busy. Though teachers would undoubtedly like to help, they need an established support system to do so.

Special education teachers are the hands and face of the support system for students with disabilities; however, they, too, need the backing of their administration, the resources for the materials they need, and the cooperation of their colleagues to do their jobs most effectively. The parents of the special education students can also serve as an effective support system for their children's teachers.

In truth, all teachers and all students generally work better if they have professional and personal support systems; but for those students who must overcome the most obstacles and the teachers who deal with the most challenging students, support from many sources both in and out of the school building is crucial. 

 

 

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