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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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Our Introduction to Special Education

Our Introduction to Special Education

(p.33) Three Our Introduction to Special Education
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter demonstrates the functions and implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law governing special education services. The IDEA requires each student to receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and for schools to consider a student's disability before enforcing disciplinary measures. This law applies to all disabled children, but policy makers have a specific vision of the students these regulations should target. Children with physical disabilities are placed in different instructional programs from those with developmental disabilities or emotional problems. Since children with emotional problems, like Tim, can sometimes be disruptive on account of their illness, the central question is how to protect their right to education in the least restrictive environment without affecting the instruction of other students in the classroom.

Keywords:   Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, special education services, Individualized Education Program, developmental abilities, emotional disturbances, physical disabilities

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