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ERIC Number: EJ1104760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
CEC's Policy on Educators with Disabilities
Exceptional Children, v82 n4 p407-408 Jul 2016
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) supports educators with disabilities including faculty, teacher candidates, and teachers in classrooms, schools, and institutions of higher education. Within the CEC membership, members embody a wide range of disabilities including learning, sensory, physical, and emotional areas. CEC recognizes the unique gifts, talents, and insights that educators with disabilities bring to the field of education. CEC believes that educators with disabilities possess strengths that emanate from first-hand experience managing disabilities during their education and employment. These strengths are utilized daily when working with students. Personal experience with disability often places educators with disabilities in a unique position to understand and effectively teach children and youth while providing a role model of success. Other strengths of educators with disabilities include their compassion and empathy for students and families as a result of their own experiences, enabling them to build stronger rapport and partnerships through mutual understanding. Supporting educators with disabilities facilitates the recruitment and retention of talented people who effectively serve children, youth, and their families. Without appropriate support, there is a risk of losing the unique expertise, knowledge, and skills they contribute to schools. Therefore, CEC calls for the provision of strategic supports during recruitment, hiring, practice, and evaluation for educators with disabilities across all educational environments. It is the policy of CEC that educators with disabilities adhere to the criteria presented in this article. The criteria fall into four categories: (1) Disclosure, Privacy, and Self-Advocacy; (2) Self-Identity; (3) Supports and Accommodations; and (4) Legal Responsibilities.
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