Introduction to Special Education

Introduction to Special Education

Aimed at parents of students with disabilities, this video covers the special education process, including Evaluation, Referral, Creation of the Individualized Education Plan, Placement, and Annual Review. Also touched on are Extended School Year Services and strategies for resolving disagreements. Brought to you by the DPI and the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative. More special education information for parents, including an order form for DVD copies of this video, is available at This information is presented in print format at
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. snooki93
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I know what you mean. there were times during my school years i was pulled out of the normal classes and made to go do these activities with kids who were more disabled and school work that was at a very low level of intelligence. :(

  2. snooki93
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    did you have really bad classes in special education? because the work you would’ve done in the classes were so easy and slow you may have been in frustration of not extending your learning

  3. Katie Dockery
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    You aren’t retarded, I am in special Ed for schizophrenia.

  4. joshinroseville
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Im special needs and i hate being retarded. I want to be normal. :{

  5. doulasc
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I agree with you.A certificate of completion is worthless as far as moving foward in life.

    Posted June 15, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Meh..Special education isn’t bad. I never enjoyed or cared for it. I just went into the special education classroom, did my thing and left.

  7. flawda236
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    special ed is not good for students at all. I was in sped from K-12 because of my heariny “they say” and I graduated with a certificate. However, I wasnt able to go to college after all. Additional to that, I wasnt even able to draw disability for my hearing after all those years in sped learning nothing but watching movies everyday through the week. “COLD WORLD” My advice to any parent who is looking foward to seeing their child go to college in the future then special ed isnt a option.

  8. 3ricStorm
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Well, as children grow they can outgrow their IEP’s (things like ADHD are sometimes on occasion outgrown; I’m an individual who was classified as ADHD until I was in 11th grade and simmered down). But what we are really missing is that being Special Ed isn’t a negative. It allows students the ability to succeed and flourish when they would sink and fail in a normal classroom. They ARE treated like normal students just with a little more attention (which benefits them greatly*).

  9. jessyjessy4
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    some really good stuff here

  10. xtremetom180
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    i enjoyed this vid

  11. distractionxx
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    really informative and interesting

  12. doulasc
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you but what are the alternatives these days.

  13. yetibeef
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    If your a parent thinking of putting a child in to “Special Ed”, don’t. The term “learning disability” is fake, I wouldn’t be able to write this if I was unable to learn! Besides getting a watered down education, children don’t gain the same experiences as a “normal” student would. This is due to segregation and being labeled as a “different” or “disabled” student. Just so you know, labeling has a HUGE effect on a person’s psychology, especially a child’s.

  14. XXXzivaNcisfanXXX
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I have a learning disability and ive speech problems we are just as much worth helpin as so called normal ppl. we just need extra help

  15. kabookalilshawty1
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I didn’t know there was special ed “classes” I thought it was just someone who went into ur classes and watched you. At least that’s how it is for me. But I’m still taking all the regular classes as other 9th graders like me, I’m just not in a class with other special ed kids. And I have to do the same work :( which is hard as hell.

  16. XxAmBeRGoRaWrxX
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    in my skool kids thinks special lead is for retarted ppl -.-

  17. thethreeedwards
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I HATED regular ed! I was discriminated against because of either my looks, or because I had only 2 classes that were special ed. I’m in full time special ed and I love it!

  18. youngdones
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Most sped students have IQ’s between 60-80

  19. TheWho58
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I hate special ed, your locked in a small room with 2 sometime’s 3 people you become isolated and lose all your friends teachers give up on you you get exempt from all the important stuff like math, science etc. Like whats the point of going to school? I wonder is it like that in schools all over the place or is it only my crappy school???

  20. SoldierUSArmy
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    There are no children or anyone with disabilies, so all special education classes are illegal under the US Constitution 9re:1954 US Supreme Court ruling on separate classes for different categories of people Brown v. Topeka Board of Education) And that makes Special education a hate crime adainst the so-ca;lled disabled!!!

  21. KirkMaynardGull
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I hope this kids aren’t so hard on their parents over special education. The school staff set themselves up as experts and tell the parents to get stuffed if the disagree. As parent I got so fed up with how I was treated I made a video of my experiences, see Herr Hitler, Director … (after placing my kid in private school). This video is the ideal of what the law says, but without budget and enforcement, the reality is a kids are stuffed into a warehouse until they age out.

  22. queenofsheba1000
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    i really dislike special ed i’ve been in it 3 grade all the way up to 9th grade. it’s like a prison they teach you the same thing and don’t even give home work to help you remember and practice. i mean i was a good kid but i didn’t get certain things cause i didn’t have that parenting at home. the person who helped me with my homework always gave me tha answers… she was really sick though. and with special ed not giving me any thing i feel deeper behind. i only had one teacher who cared.

  23. Botticellian
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    dont worry man nobody is perfect. i went threw the same thing. keep your head up

  24. Botticellian
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    There’s nothing wrong with having a special education……:) as long as you learn something is all that matters kids.

  25. shtdragon
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I had to survive school with special education. And I still got into university. My parents said that special ed students can still go to college.

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