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Newsline is the quarterly newsletter of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, which provides valuable information and resources for parents and professionals. Each edition covers topical news relevant to families of children with disabilities, as well as updates from Federation projects, book reviews from our Executive Director, Federation event announcements, and more. Past editions of Newsline are archived to the left of the page, and can be accessed in web or .PDF form. Thank you for reading!


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Inclusion of English Language Learners (ELL) with Disabilities

All students in the United States have a right to a high quality education. Federal and state laws recognize the importance of educating children with special needs in classrooms with their peers. This practice is commonly referred to as “inclusion.” The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) cites more than 30 years of research that shows that students with disabilities who participate in general education classrooms— with proper special education supports, language supports, and accommodations—dramatically improve their performance. Therefore, inclusion has become part of what it means to have a “high-quality” education.


La inclusión de los estudiantes con discapacidades que están aprendiendo inglés

En los Estados Unidos, todos los estudiantes tienen derecho a recibir una educación de alta calidad. Las leyes federales y estatales reconocen la importancia de educar a los niños con necesidades especiales en las mismas aulas que sus compañeros. Esta práctica se conoce comúnmente como “inclusión”. La Ley Federal de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act o IDEA) cita las conclusiones de más de 30 años de investigación que muestran que los estudiantes con discapacidades que participan en las aulas de educación general —con apoyos apropiados de educación especial, idioma y adaptaciones — mejoran su rendimiento de manera considerable. Por esto, la inclusión se ha convertido en sinónimo de una educación “de alta calidad”.


A inclusão de aprendizes da língua inglesa (ELL) portadores de deficiência

Não há nada mais importante do que garantir que as necessidades de aprendizagem de todas as crianças sejam atendidas em sala de aula. Cada criança tem um conjunto único de pontos fortes e habilidades que ela usa ao aprender e crescer. Com o planejamento atencioso e a parceria com os pais, os educadores podem criar salas de aula inclusivas e acolhedoras para todos os alunos em termos acadêmicos, sociais e emocionais. Uma maneira de criar salas de aulas mais inclusivas é pelo Desenho Universal da Aprendizagem (UDL, pelas siglas em inglês).