ERIC Number: EJ870485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Politics, Civil Rights, and Disproportional Identification of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Kauffman, James M.; Landrum, Timothy J.
Exceptionality, v17 n4 p177-188 2009
The civil rights movements involving skin tone, gender or gender orientation, disability, and other physiognomic features remain important in securing the legal rights of individuals to equal treatment and equal opportunities regardless of their personal characteristics of color, origin, gender, and so on. Unfortunately, these welcome civil rights movements have led to a misunderstanding of unfairness in another group of individuals whose rights and opportunities have often been abridged--"students" with disabilities. Individual rights and opportunities must be insured, but doing so requires the discrimination of differences among differences. That is, not all differences require the same remedy to insure equal rights and opportunities. Misunderstanding of differences and their implications have led to political concerns about disproportional representation, particularly of students with emotional or behavioral disorders, which place unwarranted constraints on special education services.
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Behavior Disorders, Disability Identification, Disproportionate Representation, Emotional Disturbances, Politics of Education, Special Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Advocacy, Activism, Educational Policy, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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