Special Education in the US and Denmark

1488 WordsJun 18, 20186 Pages
The human right to have access to education is an international concern for people with disabilities. Countries have evolved from desegregation and separation to inclusive educational systems where students with disabilities. Denmark was one of the first countries for inclusion in school systems and special education within the regular school system has existed for 99 years, and special teacher training has a 66-year history (Egelund, 2000). The United States government has passed laws to include students in general education by mainstreaming them into public schools. These countries are compared and contrasted for their individual instructional attributes and educational qualifications of the countries special education inclusive program…show more content…
If the child identifies with one or more of the thirteen categories (autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment) defined by the federal government, the specialized group creates an Individualized Education Program (IEP)(Wikipedia, 2010). An IEP must include a statement of measurable and appropriate goals to ensure student progress, a statement of special education services to be implemented and provided for the student, a description of all needed related services and classroom modifications, and a description of the setting in which educational services will be provided (regular classroom, resource classroom, self-contained classroom, separate school, etc.) Once a students IEP has been determined and implemented it must be reviewed at least once per year to monitor progress and the goals should be reevaluated once every three years (Duke University School of Law). Denmark and the United States seem to be entirely different in the process for qualifying a student for special education services. For example, Denmark has the PPR to represent the
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