Ethics/Legal/IEP Essay

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Ethics/Legal/IEP Essay

In the treatment of those individuals labeled as disabled, be it physically, mentally, or a combination thereof, we are faced with many challenging ethical questions. The first and foremost of these is, what is ultimately, “the right thing to do.” While we may or may not agree on the answer to this question, as well as those that follow, many advances have been made in our society to deal with disabled individuals in the most humane and ethical way possible.

What is the right thing to do?
Is there an ultimate resolution?

In 1975, Public Law (PL) 94-142 was passed. This law has several parts, each pertaining to a different aspect of discrimination, or nondiscrimination, of disabled persons. This law was
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Next, the IEP lists the students current performance levels in relation to norms correlating with age and grade. Also on the IEP are goals and objectives, specific measurable goals which the team projects that the student will be able to attain over the course of that year. In addition, Ohio requires that by age sixteen, all students must be provided, or help to form a transition plan for making the switch to adult living, be it post-secondary education or vocational training, or skills for finding and keeping a job and maintaining a daily home life, with or without the assistance of others, disabled or not.

Will we agree with each other?
Is there a universal answer, or is it relative?

We as a society have developed our answer to this question: PL 94-142. This law states that no disabled person may be excluded from a FAPE. Students receiving an evaluation, which may include standardized or criterion evaluations, along with vision or hearing screenings, will be evaluated without bias: they will take evaluations in their own language, and tests will be free from ethnic, racial, or otherwise discriminatory elements. All students will be given an IEP. This plan is constructed by a team of teachers, parents, administrators, and other specialists who ultimately seek to guide the individual and allow him to fulfill his greatest potential. The student will likely also be involved in this process
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