For my job shadow, I spent advisement one day in the special education room. I interviewed Ms. Drake and observed some of the things going on. Here are a few questions and answers from my interview:
What is the student to teacher ratio in your classroom?
- It depends on the needs of the specific child, varying from 1-1 to 1-5 or more.
Are any kids restricted from attending CV because they have a certain disability?
- No, the No Child Left Behind Act assures kids a free and appropriate education no matter what.
Do you feel SpEd is understaffed?
- Yes, definitely.
How did district budget cuts affect SpEd?
- It didn’t because SpEd is federally funded.
Do you feel that there are kids with learning disabilities at CV who should be in SpEd, but are not?
Overall, how do you think that the kids you work with are treated at CV by other students?
- I think they are treated really well and their peers accept them and treat them right.
What comes after high school?
- It’s called a bridge program, from ages 18-23. This gives a better transition into real life and job placement.
How do Unified Sports help these kids?
- It gives them more social peace. However this program does not only benefit the disabled kids, it also benefits the peer helpers. It is a give and take situation. Every school has Unified Sports.
How can other CV students help with SpEd programs?
- They can get involved with Unified Sports or take the peer assistant class where they mentor someone who needs a little extra help.
Do you have any specific ideas for my project?
- Autism is increasing in numbers, so you could research that more in-depth. You could also do a project about unified sports and how that impacts people’s lives. Or you could look into disabled kids in the community, because a lot have jobs around town at local businesses.