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[IP] special ed/504 plans

Kathy--unfortunately most people think that special ed is synonomous with
mentally impaired (retarded). There are many categories that fit under IDEA
(special ed law) --hearing impaired, visually impaired, learning disabled,
cognitively (mentally) impaired, speech and language impaired, autism,
traumatic brain syndrome, emotionally impaired, and physically and otherwise
health impaired (includes diabetes). Only one of those categories refers to
children who have low IQ s. The rest have other special needs. And recently
schools have had to implement 504 plans which prohibits discrimination in
education and requires students (who do not fit into the special ed
categories) with special needs be given "reasonable accommodations" to have
equal access to an education. Even though special ed law includes diabetes,
it seems that children with diabetes get 504 plans which are implemented by
the regular classroom teacher since they do not have to attend special
classes but may need accommodations--for example, not having to take tests
if BG levels are out of normal range, or may have to eat a snack, or give an
injection, etc.  With these accommodations, these kids can function as well
as any other kid.  Of course, there are kids with multiple impairments,
where diabetes may be in addition to another disability, and then that child
might be in a special ed class.

Gayle L. Nash, Ed.D.
retired special ed professor, Eastern Michigan University
dx'd 1997 at age 57, Type 1, pumping a month (512)
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