Study of Special Populations: Native American Students with Disabilities. Chapter 7.Report as inadecuate

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As one of a series of papers on the unique needs of special populations with disabilities, this chapter of the 16th annual report on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reviews the literature on provision of services to Native American students with disabilities. Native American students with disabilities frequently have other characteristics that complicate service delivery, including poverty, residence on reservations or in other rural areas where services and resources are limited, limited proficiency in standard American English, and cultural differences that affect schooling. The first major section of this report describes numbers and characteristics of Native American students with disabilities, including preschoolers and school-aged children in public and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The second section outlines educational programs for all Native American students and those that specifically target Native Americans with disabilities, and describes funding of special education services under part B and part H of IDEA. Section 3 discusses the provision of appropriate special education services for Native American students within the framework specified by IDEA. Major areas discussed include identification and assessment, student placement, linguistic and cultural issues in curriculum development and instruction, and recruitment and training of personnel (particularly Native American personnel). This report contains 46 references. (SV)

Descriptors: American Indian Education, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Preschool Education, Public Schools, Special Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Shortage

Author: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services ED, Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.


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