Special needs children are those who have certain challenges carrying out activities normally because they have a chronic physical, emotional, mental, or behavioral condition. Despite their disabilities, they have the same developmental needs as abled children. They have physical, mental, emotional and social needs. At the end of the school day, parents of special needs children want them to be engaged like other children. After school programs
are a world of opportunities for them, and great places to fill these needs.
How Legislation is helping
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that child care centers develop their programs so that children with disabilities can access them in the same way as abled ones. The ADA prohibits discrimination against children with disabilities and requires that after school programs provide reasonable accommodation for them unless it will significantly affect the operation of the program, or pose a threat to the child or others.
In addition, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Federal law also gives special needs children the right to be educated alongside those without disabilities. This includes being able to access after school programs.
How can After School Programs accommodate Special Needs Children?
There is evidence that special needs children benefits significantly when they learn alongside abled children in any educational program.
Ways you can accommodate Special Needs Children.
Irrespective of their disabilities, special needs children need to learn, share and express themselves. Incorporating them in after school programs is a good way to help them do so. If you have questions about programs in Albany, please feel free to reach out to TSL Adventures.
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