ERIC Number: ED448009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Issues in the Education of American Indian and Alaska Native Students with Disabilities. ERIC Digest.
Faircloth, Susan; Tippeconnic, John W., III
Over 10 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in public schools and more than 18 percent of AI/AN students in Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal schools are eligible for or placed in special education programs. This digest addresses four selected issues in the education of AI/AN students with disabilities. First, the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provide for the awarding of personnel preparation grants to colleges and universities; some grants have been awarded specifically for training special educators to work with AI/AN students. Grant recipients include a program on the Navajo Reservation that trains both Indian and non-Indian service providers, programs aimed at AI/AN college students, and grants to tribal colleges. Second, IDEA guarantees parents certain rights concerning their involvement in their child's education. Suggestions are offered for facilitating the involvement of AI/AN parents. Third, IDEA mandates that all students be evaluated using nondiscriminatory evaluations and multiple forms of assessment and using their native language. Suggestions for culturally and linguistically appropriate assessments are offered. Finally, IDEA requires education in the least restrictive environment. The inclusive model of education adopted by Kayenta Unified School District (Arizona) is briefly described. (Contains 13 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indian Students, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Limited English Speaking, Mainstreaming, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education, Student Placement
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348; Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free). Full text at Web site: http://www.ael.org/eric/digests/edorc003.htm.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.