1. This week you have been learning about deafness and hearing loss, blindness and low vision, physical disabilities, health impairments, ADHD, and low-incidence disabilities such as severe/multiple disabilities, deaf-blindness, and traumatic brain injury. Choose two of these categories that are of most interest to you. Describe two ways in which they differ from each other, and then explain a relationship or similarity that may exist between the two.
2. “Cerebral palsy is the most prevalent physical disability in school-age children” (Heward, 2009, p. 409). Review the section on cerebral palsy in your course text (pp. 409–413). Imagine you are an early childhood teacher who has a child with cerebral palsy in your preschool or kindergarten class. Summarize at least three facts about cerebral palsy that would help you better understand this child. Then explain at least three ways you might adapt a toy or other classroom device, such as a computer, to promote active and independent use by this child.
3. “Some people question the wisdom of spending large amounts of money, time, and human resources attempting to educate children who have such serious and profound disabilities that they may never be able to function independently” (Heward, 2009, p. 456). Review Figure 12.1 of your course text, “Are All Children Educable?”, on page 456. Based on your readings for this week and in previous weeks, write a response to the question of whether all children are educable. Support your views with specific references from the text.