The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Orders

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The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act orders all states to give disabled students a free and appropriate education. Many schools in the United States mainstream disabled students and have succeeded in properly educating them, along with creating a safe environment where they are socially comfortable and accepted. However, there are too many incidents where teachers improperly handle these students and administrators do not give enough money to fund adequate supplies for these students. Although disabled students gain social benefits when mainstreamed, they ultimately do not thrive in such settings due to immoral methods and insufficient budgets. In academic settings, disabled students have access to more opportunities and many…show more content…
Most importantly, “children with disabilities have the opportunities to observe, imitate and model the language use of their peers who do not have disabilities” (Grabmeier). By following their nondisabled friends, disabled students learn how to better communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas which makes it easier for teachers to help them and understand them. Another beneficial skill disabled students receive through mainstreaming is positive thinking. According to Kathy Foust, the mainstreaming environment allows disabled students to learn what type of behavior is appropriate and what is not. They learn that listening to a teacher leads to little or no punishments while disobeying a teacher leads to more punishments. Foust also includes that mainstreaming stimulates self-esteem because the disabled know they are in regular classes, which makes them proud of themselves. These students believe that since they are in classrooms with nondisabled students, they are in higher and more advance classes. In other words, since students around the disabled are capable of extraordinary things, the disabled feel like they are extraordinary as well, thus having an improved self-esteem. “The Choice of Settings: The Pros and Cons of Mainstreaming Children With Intellectual
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