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Chapter 2: Understanding Complicated Special Education Terminology and the Effects of Labels

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Understanding Complicated Special Education Terminology and the Effects of Labels
Understanding Complicated Special Education Terminology and the Effects of Labels

The purpose of this chapter is to investigate the special education (SE) terminology and how others view and treat people with disabilities. Through the years, children and adults with disabilities have had to overcome the “handicapping” attitudes of society. Varying societal acceptance of differences can either thwart or foster academic and social development. This chapter offers more knowledge about special education labels and gives practical activities that teachers can use to help themselves and others to better view people with exceptionalities as valuable individuals. Experiential activities to increase understanding of learning, sensory, emotional, and physical differences are included, along with ample reflections for both staff ...

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