Understanding My Rights and Responsibilities

Three scripted lessons comprise a unit designed to inform special needs students about their rights and responsibilities in high school. In the first lesson class members examine the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Child Find, and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The second lesson focuses on Section 504 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), two laws that affect students with disabilities after high school. The final  lesson has students completing  a Planning Guide for what they want to do after high school.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Share the legal documents with other staff members, parents, and guardians so that they are also aware of their students' and children's rights and responsibilities
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth unit in a 10-unit series designed for resource and special needs classrooms
  • The lessons clearly distinguish between rights and responsibilities
  • All three lessons include worksheets and extensions
  • The provided scenarios model how to respond to difficult situations 
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