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ERIC Number: ED444317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 89
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Unique Challenges, Hopeful Responses: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System. Second Edition.
Garfinkel, Lili Frank; Jordan, Dixie; Goldberg, Paula; Pernu, Caryn; Bill, Lissa A.
This handbook provides information about emotional, behavioral, and learning and developmental disabilities; disability-specific entitlements; and approaches for professionals who work with youthful offenders with disabilities throughout the juvenile process. Chapter 1 describes characteristics of common disabilities among youthful offenders and details strategies and accommodations that professionals may want to consider when working with the youth who have these disabilities. Disabilities described include conduct disorder, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities, and developmental disabilities. Case studies of individuals with different disabilities are provided, as well as a list of some of the communication difficulties confronted by individuals with mental retardation. Chapter 2 reviews entitlements for youth with disabilities in the justice system, including rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Chapter 3 outlines strategies that professionals can use for promoting family involvement. A final chapter makes recommendations for overcoming the barriers in the juvenile justice system that make it more difficult for youth with disabilities to receive appropriate and meaningful correctional responses. An appendix provides a resource list of national organizations related to youth and juvenile justice and a list of parent training and information centers. (Contains 69 references.) (CR)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act