Case Study: Student with Special Needs

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Case Study: Student with Special Needs

Case Study: Student with Special Needs
Precious D. Jacobs
Grand Canyon University
EDA 555 Legal Issues in Education
October 10, 2012

“Live life to the fullest as you do not know what tomorrow will bring.” This cliché is one that is used as a way to encourage someone to achieve and do all that he or she may want to do today as they may not have the same capabilities or abilities to do them at a later date. Last year my current school enrolled a student name Zac that many did not know at the time was diagnosed and living with Multiple Sclerosis. Although he walked on the tips of his toes, it was not alarming to any faculty or staff member that taught or held a vested
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Because he is a middle school young man, he was not comfortable with female staff members helping him and there were days where he voided on himself instead of asking for assistance from male staff members. After this happened several times, this prompted the mother to request a meeting with all necessary personnel. During this meeting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA) was discussed. IDEA states that children between the ages of 3 and 21 are granted the right to a free, appropriate education in public schools (1990). Zac’s mother request in this meeting was that certain accommodations and related services be provided by the school to ensure that he is not tardy for class, that he gets to breakfast and lunch on time, that he receives proper assistance with getting off and on the school bus as well as having toileting concerns monitored to ensure his safety. Although Zac has a disability, his disability at the current time does not affect his intellectual ability and he is a student of above average intelligence and has been receiving educational services in a regular classroom setting, the best way to address Zac’s needs is through a 504 plan instead of being placed in under the umbrella of Special Education. The Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RHA) provides education for children who do not fall within the disability categories covered