Special Education Laws And Regulations Project

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Daniel Lardaro
Special Education Laws and Regulations Project

Hearing impairments are defined by the federal government as, “an impairment in hearing, wether permanent or fluctuating that adversely affects a child’s performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness” (Friend, 2012). Children who are hearing impaired make up a small percentage of the students in the school system, and it is considered to be “low incidence” impairment. In fact, in 2009, around 1.3 percent of school age children are considered to have some form of hearing impairment (Friend, 2012). Even though this represents a small number of the students in our public schools, it still includes students like Jason, who is a 9 year old fourth
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In addition to this, because of his language difficulties he has trouble understanding educational language in the classroom. So he struggles with many subjects, specifically language and math. “Mathematics uses specialized language such as conditionals, negatives, and symbols that create barriers for students who are deaf or hard of hearing” (Livingston, 1997). As could be expected, students who struggle with understanding basic communications with adults and peers will especially struggle with academic language that they are faced with in schooling situations. This lack of understanding of language leads to Jason becoming frustrated with his work and easily distracted.
There are many services that students are entitled to when they are classified with deafness or having a hearing impairment that they can receive due to the NCLB and the IDEA. The No Child Left Behind Act, or NCLB, came into the national education scene in 2002. The act was created to raise the academic achievements for all students across the board, regardless of disabilities or other factors (Turnbull et al., 2015). This basically means that although the student may have hearing impairments, they are still held to the same academic standards and benchmarks as their peers who do not have impairments. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act, often referred to as IDEA, allows a student with
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