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The ABCs Of The ADA: Your Early Childhood Program's Guide To The Americans With Disabilities ActYour Early Childhood Programs' Guide To The Americans With Disabilities Act

This is it—the only clear and simple resource that fully explains the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and shows early childhood programs what they need to do to promote inclusion and ensure compliance with the law. Answering early childhood administrators' most pressing questions about the legal issues surrounding inclusive programs, this informative and practical guidebook gives readers everything they need to create, implement, and monitor the success of their plan for ADA compliance. With this book, directors and managers of early childhood programs willunderstand the requirements of the ADA and other disability laws, including IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Actdevelop policies, procedures, and program materials that meet ADA requirementstroubleshoot problems and implement solutions for little or no costhelp program staff and families learn about and accept inclusive practicessupport positive behavior through environmental adaptationsmake accommodations that promote children's physical accessibility and successful communicationmeet the needs of children with chronic health conditions Much more than an overview of legislation, this book includes practical checklists, guidelines, and sample policy statements that programs can use to improve the physical accessibility of play areas, create parent handbooks and operations manuals, conduct program reviews, address staff development needs, and more. Every early childhood program will use this essential ADA guide as an active reference&emdashto ensure compliance with the law and to welcome and support the full participation of children with disabilities.

Paperback: 216 pages

Publisher: Brookes Publishing; 1 edition (November 6, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1557669333

ISBN-13: 978-1557669339

Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

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"Combine[s] clarity with relevance to bring comfort and support to all caught in the implementation thicket of this well-intended legislation." --Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry and Nursing, Yale School of Medicine"...a powerful guidebook giving readers everything needed to implement a successful compliance plan...should be in every early childhood educator's library." --Midwest Book Review

Karren Ikeda Wood, Ed.D., O.T.R., is currently a private educational consultant. Her formal education was in special education and occupational therapy. Her initial work experience in occupational therapy gave her a solid grounding in pediatric assessment and child development. She has provided services to preschool children with disabilities in both public and private programs. She has also provided services in community-based settings. She assisted the Arizona Early Intervention Program in developing and providing standards of practice training for early intervention providers. Her most recent work experience includes supporting the efforts of community-based child care programs to create library areas focusing on literacy activities and mentoring emergent leaders in the field of early care and education.

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