Fact Sheet on Disability Categories Assignment Instructions Overview The purpose of this Fact Sheet on Disability Categories Assignment is to produce a Fact Sheet that demonstrates your ability to articulate the characteristics of each of the IDEA recognized categories of disabilities. It is important to know and understand each of the disability categories so you recognize the overall strengths and needs of each and can provide a general description to others. Instructions The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities. It specifically identifies 13 categories of disabilities that are entitled to special education services. The different disability categories under which 3- 21-year-olds are eligible for services are: EDSP 429 · autism · deaf-blindness · deafness · emotional disturbance · hearing impairment · intellectual disability · multiple disabilities · orthopedic impairment · other health impairment · specific learning disability · speech or language impairment · traumatic brain injury · visual impairment (including blindness) Using relevant reliable websites and your text, you are to construct a Fact Sheet that explains each of the disability categories in terms that are understandable for the general public. 1. Develop the Fact Sheet as if it would be used to educate parents or others in the general public about disabilities that receive special education services. 2. Include an introduction stating the purpose of the fact sheet and the information provided. 3. Each disability category must be fully defined with characteristics described and sources cited. Most information should be paraphrased and stated in terms the general public would understand. 4. A minimum of three sources should be cited and referenced, one of which should be the textbook. Other acceptable sources include disability organization websites or publications, other textbooks, and scholarly journal articles. Any sources cited should have been published within the last five years. 5. A references page must be included. 6. Citations and the references page must be in current APA format. Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.  

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