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What type of content should be put on a special education portal?

I work for an organization that supports special education. My organization is interested in creating an education portal for children with special needs. In this portal, we intend to post information from scholarly articles on education. We are also considering information from special education articles. This is the first time we are developing a portal. We are, therefore, inexperienced. Regarding this, I need help in knowing the kind of content that we should post in this portal. When giving your response, do not limit yourself to the content. Any other helpful advice and constructive opinions are welcomed.

Samantha Stevenson

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Blair Lewis on January 19, 2018

To start with, you first need to define what special education is. Special education refers to a kind of education program designed to assist children with either physical or mental challenge in learning. Creating such programs brings equality to education, and for learners whose learning ability has been interfered with by physical disability or behavioral problems. Secondly, education portals often give a breakdown of the type disabilities that exist. You can consider including this tool aspect too. I can briefly highlight some of the specials needs. They include: learning impaired, autism and intellectual disability. Other special needs in children include challenges that affect listening, writing, reading and speaking. Such challenges include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory process disorder, and visual processing disorders.

Another thing that is important is to include in your portal is a description about the kind of treatment such students should receive. Although special education laws differ from one state to another, and from one country to another, educationists give differing opinions. Some propose that special children should be placed in the same classroom as their normal colleagues, while the opponents assert for seclusion into special classrooms. In the recent past, I have also read a special education article from the ministry of education that stated special children be taught in separate schools and classes. As a requirement, these schools or classes should be well-equipped, well-staffed, and designed specifically to cater for these special children. For instance, for schools with special needs children, their buildings should have gentle stairs or elevators.

Generally, the law requires all buildings should be accessible for people with special needs; including those in a wheelchair. If a child has reading difficulties, they need to have hearing aids or wheelchair ramp to help them access the reading materials. Individualized teaching should also be given in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of such children. Giving special attention to special needs children makes it easy for you as a teacher to identify their talents and nurture them to maturity. In the case of inclusion, scholars advice that each child should be treated uniquely due to their unique needs. Finally, it also essential if you can consider including the qualities of a good special education program. You can also include a scholarly article on education that talks about the Individual with Disability Education Act (IDEA) as well as the body named after it. IDEA regulates and defines special education services for pupils between 3 and 21 years old. For a child to qualify for support by this body, they need to have documented disability.

Kayla Bowena year ago

Thank you for providing this information. I find it helpful not only to me but also to other people interested in the spectrum of special needs education. My experience is that students with special needs are not taught in the normal class, but receive individualized teaching. Other services may include one on one sessions with a speech therapist or any other specialist. The federal department of education also publishes one special education article a year. This article explains which children should undertake special education. The article also explains how you can set a test to determine if your child belongs to this category. One of the simplest methods is by looking at the way your child thinks and behaves. You can monitor other aspects of development too. Through my research, I have found out that two-thirds of the learners with learning disabilities spend most of their school day in general education classroom. Finally, there is no need to look down upon children with disability, because everyone has a purpose and a role to play in the society. Terms such as “the disabled” should not be used when referring persons with special needs. More respectable words such as “abled differently” should be adapted.


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