Special Education For Students With Disabilities

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Since the passage of Public Law 94-142 nearly fifty years ago, the field of special education has made great gains in providing individualized education for students with disabilities. Because of the law, researchers, schools, and teachers are able to find the latest advances in providing successful academic and social experiences for all students. However, while there have been great gains in the field, there are many issues that have yet to be addressed. These issues in special education can limit the educational experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities. Many of the issues regarding special education lie in the area of the education of students with moderate and severe disabilities. One of the largest issues regarding students with moderate and severe disabilities is the lack of research within the area. After an extensive review of research over the past 15 years Shurr & Bouck found that curricular research continues to be a minority of literature within the field. In fact most research in regards to students with moderate to severe disabilities is in the areas of life skills and transition (Shurr & Bouck, 2013). Given the advances special education has made over the past fifty years, it is difficult to believe that curricular research for students with moderate to severe disabilities is such a minority. Further, it can be hard to assume that students are receiving free appropriate public education (FAPE), since the practices we are using to educate those
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