This concise and practical guide thoroughly presents the characteristics of children with specific mild exceptionalities in today's diverse classroom. Using an active, problem-solving approach that reflects how today's students learn, Dr. Sydney S. Zentall identifies the characteristics of children with mild exceptionalities that can be gleaned from observations, written descriptions, and personal interactions. Unlike many texts on this topic, which overwhelm students with extraneous information, The text focuses on the characteristics of these students within general education and special class settings. With this knowledge readers will better understand the implications of characteristics for accommodations and be ready to apply this knowledge with empirically based interventions.

Formal Definitions and Federal Law

Formal Definitions and Federal Law

Formal definitions and federal law

Federal Laws

This introduction sets the stage for what follows in this volume by defining the legal requirements that guarantee children with mild disabilities the right to be identified and the right to an appropriate education. Two related federal laws (U.S. statutes), based on the U.S. Constitution, mainly the Bill of Rights, concern the rights of children with disabilities: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

IDEA: The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act of 2004, the main U.S. federal law for special education, which mandates schools to find, evaluate, and provide a free, appropriate program of education for each child with a disability.


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