ERIC Number: ED493085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Telling Classmates about Your Child's Disability May Foster Acceptance. PHP-c101
Parents often become experts on their child's disability. Through their own learning process, many see the value of teaching their child's classmates about the affect of the disability at school. Parents and professionals find that if classmates understand a child's disability, they may become allies in helping the child. The children may also be less likely to view accommodations or individual support as unfair advantages. One of the best ways to teach children about a disability is to talk to them at school. For many families, presenting at school is an annual event. Sometimes, an Individualized Education Program IEP team writes it into a child's (IEP) document. The event is an opportunity to: (1) discuss why a child may look or behave differently from other children in the class; (2) point out the many ways in which the child is like classmates; and (3) offer classmates tips for interacting with the child. Several PACER advocates suggest how to talk to students about a child's disability or health needs.
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Parent Role, Special Needs Students, Parent School Relationship, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.