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ERIC Number: ED396489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Demands and Challenges of Being an Educator with a Disability.
Obiakor, Festus E.; And Others
This paper discusses demands and challenges of being an educator with a disability and includes a review of the literature and an analysis of an interview with a leading educator with a disability. The paper opens with a discussion of the definitional issues and implications of the terms "handicap" and "disability." Literature on the role of the educator in today's society is reviewed, followed by a review of the challenges of being an educator with a disability. These challenges are organized around responses of a successful educator, Wendell J. Lewis, Section Administrator for the Disability Determination Services for the State of Kansas and an African-American with muscular dystrophy, to questions concerning the following themes: (1) family support; (2) least restrictive environment, integration, and inclusion; (3) lifespan challenges; (4) self-efficacy; and (5) federal legislation and advocacy. Ways to provide needed special resources or to restructure education positions are suggested. (Contains 35 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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