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Special education needs have increased dramatically in the last few years. More and more students with Autism are entering the school system and it is becoming increasingly difficult to support these students the way they deserve to be supported. I would like to see policies and funding examined to ensure that these students are receiving the quality of education that they are entitled to receive.

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  1. This is important for all students in need, not just limited to Autism.

    1 year ago
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  2. To add to this idea...a system to measure the effectiveness of the current teaching methods for students with autism and other developmental delays needs to be implemented, as well as way for parents to formally appeal ineffective IEPs or teaching methods that they disagree with.

    1 year ago
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  3. rac Idea Submitter

    Special education in general is an area that needs to be examined sooner rather than later. I think the bottom line is that the needs in schools (whether it be Autism, DD’s, learning disabilities, mental health issues etc.) are growing at a rate we have never seen before. As a result special education services are spread thinner and it becomes more difficult to provide quality programming.

    1 year ago
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  4. Between 1-5% of Ontario children and adolescents are living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) caused by prenatal alcohol. These youngsters will struggle lifelong with learning and behaviour problems which are not generally recognized by the schools. We need small special ed classrooms for these youngsters, as they do in Winnipeg. There is one small classroom for a few of these children in Toronto but it is about to be closed. This puts the kids at great risk!

    1 year ago
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  5. My son is severely disabled. For some bizarre reason, some principals are reluctant to seek special funding to meet his needs despite the fact that specific funding program exist. Moreover, principles and school boards are allowed to spend this extra money, not on the kid with a disability, but on pretty much anything they want.

    My understanding is that Harris (believe or not) tried to force the school boards to spend this money exclusively on the kid for which it was granted but the school boards said no. It would be good to hear from someone with inside info on this.

    1 year ago
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  6. We spend too much money on two duplicate school systems for Catholics to have any left over to properly fund things like special education. Catholic are more important to this government than needy kids -- even though the majority of them don't even go to Church, which makes the waste and discrimination all the more obscene.

    1 year ago
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  7. Every child needs something unique to them even if they do not have a diagnosis. There should be more focus on accommodating differences in the regular classroom.

    1 year ago
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  8. Kids who need special education have for most of them been integrated with regular classes. This unfortunately has had 2 drawbacks: those kids in need of special education receive more time from teachers depriving others of attention, and also those kids do not get all of what is needed to achieve academic success.

    1 year ago
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    1. I would agree, to a point. Part of the problem is that classes are HUGE. Some of my classes have 30+ students in them - this is a LOT of directions for a teacher to divide their attentions! If you look at Finland, where I believe the average class size is around 12, they are able to have kids of ALL intellectual abilities in their classrooms since the teachers can better custom-tailor their lessons to suit the smaller group and both the teacher and the more intelligent kids who currently get split out into 'gifted' classes are able to help the kids who don't understand as well. Shrinking class sizes would help the issue of kids not getting enough individual attention - separate classrooms aren't always needed, especially with the negative stigma of being placed in a 'remedial' class (even in the system we have now, I find that in my school, it tends to be sort of frowned upon just to take college level classes!).

      1 year ago
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    2. I believe that integration is important for both the special education student and the rest of the student population. Unfortunately, the benefits of this model can not be fully realized without proper funding. As the following post states class sizes need to be smaller and/or there need to be more adults in the room. It is impossible for one professional to adequately meet the individual needs of 25+ students.

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  9. While there are many changes that could be made to improve our education system, this is definitely a higher priority area. Part of the problem is that many people in the roles who help these kids are extremely dedicated, but are sometimes not as well educated as they could be. The other problem is that each of these children is so different, and require individual education plans. Schools should receive higher subsidies per student to facilitate these needs.

    1 year ago
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  10. When children with special needs, such as out g/son with Autism were removed from the IBI program at age 7. Until he was forced out the IBI Program brought him from the diagnosis of Non-Verbal and severally Autistic, to speaking, understanding speech, counting to whatever number you want, hugging, kissing and playing with others. Then he was placed into the public school system. His progress dropped off like no tomorrow. The other students in the classroom got disturbed on many occasions. My belief is that 1 IT should be in each classroom for ever 4 special needs student and have the authority to intervene whenever they feel it is appropriate without and interference from the school or board. I would be more than willing to oversee this experiment of which the children would be evaluated before & after the school year. I know this will work.

    1 year ago
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    1. An IT is not the most appropriate support for ALL special needs students. It is important that sp. ed support is geared towards student needs; not para-professionals trained to support children with autism exclusively. Unless, of course, the 4 special needs students are autistic, in that case an IT would be appropriate.

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  11. As a retired Special Education teacher, I know that the system has been broken for 15 years, which is one reason why I left in frustration. When I was teaching a Junior level Mildly Intellectually Delayed program, they lowered the criteria for admission, which meant that a whole layer of needy children got left out. The result was that my highly effective program was closed due to lack of enrollment, even though we had identified 9 children who needed it by the old standard (below 5th percentile). They were sent to a dog's breakfast program called the Home School program, which is a a too large class of 15-20 with 1 Educational Assistant that contained kids with many different exceptionalities. The teacher,though very good, found herself with an impossible job. The system, with the layoff of many Education Assistants and Special Needs Assistants, is no longer capable of supporting children adequately. The funding by the Province is woefully inadequate and these kids are left without a real chance of achieving success. It wasn't that way before, but it is now. I have had some great successes with kids, but in future that will be very hard to find, despite the caring and dedication of teachers.

    1 year ago
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  12. I agree, but don't limit this to autism. I'm currently just finishing high school and as a student with a handful of learning disabilities in certain areas, in conjunction with a gifted label in certain areas and a handful of physical disabilities that require addressing, my education is anything but straightforward and while I do very well in school, I do require certain accommodations to meet my full potential. The public school system is currently horribly underfunded and one of the biggest areas to suffer seems to be the special ed programs. We do not have enough SERTs (Special Education Resource Teachers) in the school, and the ones we have are SWAMPED with cases. This makes it a fight to get any kind of accommodation or have anything done about any issues that come up, since the SERTs are torn in so many different directions. Not only that, but teachers are not made aware of a student's disabilities and the accommodations required because of them - I always have to self advocate and make sure my teachers know my areas of weakness and where I'm going to need help. If I don't speak up for myself, I won't get the help I need at all. Even when I tell a teacher, not all of them are good at actually providing my required accommodations. Spec. Ed. definitely needs more focus. Its currently a massive strain even just to get a small amount of help in the current system.

    1 year ago
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  13. I agree as many others have already stated here that the entire Special Education program within the provinces needs to be fixed. It is badly broken. And I say this as a teacher. In fact, I taught Special Education for the last three years, but left it this year for many of the reasons stated in the previous two posts. I was burnt-out and very discouraged by my short time as a SERT.

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  14. As an experienced elementary Special Education teacher.........I would also agree that the current levels of funding need to be re-examined to ensure that the appropriate tools, resources and support personnel are put in place to provide the specialized programs that autistic and P.D.D students require. At the present time, current Special Education budgets appear to be quickly exhausted and many of these children do not get the adequate support they require or deserve.

    11 months ago
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