Most persons with disabilities receive education at home or in special educational institutions. But thanks to greater public awareness and acceptance, most of them now join regular classrooms. This creates challenges and changes in teaching facilitation, however.
Here are some of the things that educational institutions are doing to address these issues:
Incorporating technology in education
Most PWDs have trouble following regular lessons. Cadanat.com notes that most educational institutions nowadays invest in assistive technology to address education needs of PWDs.
Teachers use modern educational tools to accommodate them in the lessons. Instead of traditional books, they use tablets, e-readers, computers and other devices that respond to the students’ eye movements.
The number of PWDs in regular classrooms is increasing thanks to the introduction of legislations, such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This law entitles PWDs to free and appropriate public education while it requires schools to serve the educational needs of eligible students with disabilities.
To comply with these laws, educators to create and implement academic programs that embrace the learning styles of regular and special education students. Some teachers apply intervention practices for PWDs, including direct instruction, learning strategy instruction and sequential, simultaneous structured multi-sensory approach. To date, about 54% of students with disabilities receive their education in regular classrooms because of changes in teaching methods.
Educators nowadays work with PWDs to help them become more independent after finishing school. The student-led planning helps PWDs improve their learning experience and prepare them towards adulthood.
Teachers consult students with disabilities about their individual education plans and career path so they can tailor fit their programs to such ends. Educators also ask them regarding their learning styles and preferred teaching methods, allowing them to improve their methods of instruction.
These are just some of the things educational institutions are doing now to better accommodate students with disabilities. With these approaches, they are not just making education more accessible for PWDs but they are also changing lives.