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Fanny
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1/11/2016 1:55:16 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
Do you think laws laws & policies regarding special education should PRIMARILY consult former special ed students or adults with disabilities, and reflect what they want, instead of parents and teachers of children with disabilities?
WAM
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1/12/2016 6:02:04 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 1/11/2016 1:55:16 PM, Fanny wrote:
Do you think laws laws & policies regarding special education should PRIMARILY consult former special ed students or adults with disabilities, and reflect what they want, instead of parents and teachers of children with disabilities?

Neither. Former special ed students or individuals with disability are often not able to identify what is best for them.

It's exactly the same if you would ask the majority of students or the majority of adults what they would like in the curriculum, half would be scratched as many see things as 'useless', while policies would be scratched as well, as students generally don't agree with school policies.

Quite similar things apply to parents. Modern western parents, mainly females, are more protective of their children than it actually does them good. "My child can't do this" is quite a common term being used, even with parents of children who do not have special needs. This would once again actually create a negative effect.

The decision should be made by specialists, such as psychologists, education staff and a mix of individuals with special needs and parents to broaden the mix and to give their input.

However, neither special ed, nor disabled, nor parents should be the primary individuals to consult. At least that is my view on it..