Educating Exceptional Children
A history of educating children with disabilities
A Long Process
Before the 1975 passing of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which today we call the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA children with disabilities most times did not receive an education. This did not even begin to change until the 70's. Before this Act children were usually sent to asylums and usually not given an education even there. After the 1975 law was passed schools were required to teach children with disabilities. The issue of disabled children not being educated had been around for centuries and few "normal" people seemed to care. It was not until 40 years ago that this began to change.
EDUCATE-ABLE: A History of Educating Children With Disabilities in America
Current Trend in Educating Exceptional Children: RtI model
Response to Intervention (RTI) is defined as “the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions”. RtI uses a 3 tier system to educate children. The First Tier is regular classroom instruction. TIer 2 uses small groups in the regular classroom to help several students at a time. The third tier is where the student gets one on one time with an aid of the Special Education teacher, usually outside of the regular classroom.