SPECED 201 Lecture Notes - Lecture 38: The Other Sister, Cupcake, Intellectual Disability

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Published on 1 Sep 2016
Tanya Vargas
SPECED 201 (Disability in Society)
Final (50 points) – Spring 2016
1. Compare and contrast 2 different definitions of the term “diversity.” Thus, you need to
access 2 specific definitions (there will be variations) and differentiate (i.e.,
comparison/contrast). Make sure you identify the sources (must be 2 different ones) of the
a. As stated in Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary diversity is “the state of having
people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or
organization.” Queensborough Community College defines diversity as “the concept
encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is
unique, and recognizing our individual differences.” Both terms define diversity from
two different perspectives; the term by Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary is
focused on various races in a group or specific organization, where Queensborough
Community College is focused more of diversity as an indivual and not as a whole, it is
clear to see a micro and macro level of differences in both terms. Diversity can focus
on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities,
religious beliefs and political beliefs.
2. Identify 2 statutes or case laws (or one of each) that specifically address diversity. One of the
two must target disabilities. Briefly describe and explain the importance of each. (5 points)
a. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal statute that most
affect special education law. IDEA is meant to serve children with a broad range of
disabilities. Age range protected under IDEA is from Birth to thr completion of High
School. IDEA is aset of Federal Law’s that mandate all children with disabilities,
providing a free and appropriate education. No child is turned down for services. In the
oast, studetns with special needs were given a “free pass” and not expected to learn
certain subjects, or placed in special classrooms with a different curriculum than a
other schools. Under IDEA these students now havce a chance for the same education
as every other student. It is important because under IDEA every child is given a
chance to be educated, and given skills to be successful after school is completed.
b. Brown v. Board of Education is a law started by Oliver Brown against the board of
education of Topeka, the lawsuit was to abolish the segregation of education systems,
to stop the separation of blacks and whites; the case took place in the 1950s, in
Topeka,Kansas. All cases were African American children seeking admssion to public
schools that required segregation based on race. The cases directly conflicted with the
Plessy v Ferguson case, “separate but equal.” This case is important because it put the
constitution on the side of racial equality and sparked the civil rights movement into a
full revolution. It was not until 1958 that states were required to implement the
Supreme Court’s integration orders ant it was not until the late 1970’s that widespread
integration was achieved.
3. Identify 3 diversity categories that are highlighted in the Glee episode, “Wheels,” as well as 3
disability examples (i.e., 6 total; 3 are related to disability and 3 are related to other diversity
categories). There are more than 3 other categories that are different from disability (refer to
our text – Chapter titles). Explain, in some detail, how they were presented or addressed in the
Glee clip.
a. One diversity category that is highlighted in the Glee episode is Sexual Orientation;
Curt feels discriminated because his Glee coach does not give him an opportunity to
sing the lead role; it is traditionally sung by a girl many do not believe Curt can hit the
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