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    Roles and Responsibilities in Special Education

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    How have the roles and responsibilities of individuals who contribute to the education of students with special needs evolved to where they are today?
    Are the roles and responsibilities more varied or more focused than they were?
    How can individuals involved in special education manage the diversity in students? (Discussion should include diversity of ability and learning style in addition to diversity of culture.)

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    *How have the roles and responsibilities of individuals who contribute to the education of students with special needs evolved to where they are today?

    In response to expanding policies, research, and practice, the field of special education has evolved to meet the demands of individuals with disabilities in our current education system.
    Before 1975, individuals with disabilities were consistently denied access to an education solely on the basis of their disabilities. EAHCA or Education for All Handicapped Children Act, along with other key supreme court cases, mandated all school districts to educate students with disabilities.
    The law was intended to support and protect the rights of individuals and improve their educational results. Keep in mind, in 1970 U.S. schools educated only 1 in 5 children with disabilities
    In 1974 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed allowing parents access to all personal information used by the school regarding their child.
    This amendment made many changes to the old law. One of the biggest was the addition of transition services for students with disabilities. School Districts were now required to look at outcomes and begin ...

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    How have the roles and responsibilities of individuals who contribute to the education of students with special needs evolved to where they are today are determined.

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