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ERIC Number: EJ914654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Reaching Out for Special-Needs Support
Castro, Christy; Duvall, Steven; Wheeler, Ann
School Business Affairs, v76 n6 p24-25 Jul-Aug 2010
Providing services for students with disabilities can be costly for school districts. Districts are required by law to fund the primary expenses of a special-education program; however, most spend far more than is legally mandatory. This situation puts those districts without sufficient resources to meet their obligations to educate special-needs students in a difficult position. School districts can overcome some of the challenges of providing special-education services by working with the community in a variety of areas, including providing support for transition services and mental health services, which are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For example, vocational training can be expanded with job-shadowing and job-training opportunities. Additionally, local and nearby community hospitals and agencies can provide or supplement mental health and behavioral support services and therapy that students need to succeed in their education program and, subsequently, in the workplace. A positive relationship between the school district and the surrounding community is essential to serve special-needs students and send productive citizens into society. Such a partnership can benefit everyone: the district, local businesses, community agencies, community members, and, most importantly, the students. Collaboration, professionalism, and team decisions are critical in this process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act