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Preparing Special Educators To Meet the Needs of Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities. Final Report

This final report describes the activities and outcomes of a University of Northern Colorado project designed to enhance programs for preparing teachers to work with students with sensory impairments from linguistically diverse backgrounds. Project accomplishments included: (1) financially supporting 18 trainees who were pursuing a graduate degree in 1 of the 3 low-incidence programs at the University of Northern Colorado (hearing, vision, or multiple disabilities); (2) developing a course that introduced issues related to the educational needs of students with low-incidence disabilities who come from multicultural communities; (3) infusing competencies addressing the needs of linguistically diverse students with low-incidence disabilities within existing courses; (4) targeting recruiting efforts to attract qualified bilingual trainees, or trainees interested in developing second language competences and teaching students from non-English speaking communities; (5) conducting a multi-state needs assessment of current practices and competencies needed by teachers working with linguistically diverse students with low-incidence disabilities; (6) supplementing a resource library with assessments and instructional materials designed for linguistically diverse students; and (7) establishing an advisory committee to guide the project in achieving its goals. An appendix contains a survey from the needs assessment. (CR)

  • Contributor: Milian, Madeline Corp Author University of Northern Colorado Greeley Coll of Education
  • Date Published: 03-00
  • Year: 2002

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