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Included are severely disabled students, as well as those with mild to moderate language difficulties, hearing impairments, and cognitive or emotional disabilities that hinder learning.Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act specifies that “any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has any record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment” qualifies for a free appropriate public education (FAPE).In a world of budget cuts, staffing shortages and larger class sizes, understanding the laws that surround special education programs in U. schools is crucial to building an inclusive learning environment for every student — from those with physical and learning disabilities, to exceptionally gifted children, and every child in between.
Just that they have specific challanges that a "normal" student wouldn't face.
Because most music therapists still need a teaching credential to get into the school system, a therapist is not always available and it becomes the responsibility of the music educator to include the special needs students.
Thirteen different disability categories are listed by IDEA for ages 6-21.
The first priority for teachers and parents is to identify special needs students and figure out how to give them equal education opportunities.
They should begin by asking two important questions: Special education focuses on academic programs that help individuals who are physically, mentally or emotionally impaired.