Staff Development

Now let's practice!
Gymnast on the rings

See if you can apply what you just read about disability law to these pretty common situations. 

After reading each of the following three scenarios, select the best response.  Note it, so you can compare it to our responses afterwards. If you have a response that you think is preferable to the choices given, please email it to me; I'll be happy to get your ideas.

When you have completed the exercise, read on for our responses.

Image of HowieHowie Tawks

It's quite apparent from the first day of class that there is something different about Howie Tawks. You suspect that he may be autistic, as Howie totally lacks social skills.  He constantly speaks out of turn, sometimes talking over other students. The only volume level he uses is loud. He makes inappropriate comments, completely lacks candor, monopolizes the conversation, and has alienated the entire class within a few weeks. How do you respond?

A. You have the right to expect the same standard of behavior from students with disabilities as from other students. If Howie does not adhere to the Las Positas Student Code of Conduct, you will refer him to the Dean of Student Services for disciplinary action.
B. Autism is a neurological disorder. Howie cannot help the way he is; don't you think he would prefer to be like everyone else? The other students need to learn tolerance for diversity.
C. Howie Tawks has the right to an education.  You tell him that he doesn’t have to come to class and you put in the extra effort to communicate with him via email.  There’s a creative solution to every situation.
D. Email a preferred response to pschoenecker

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Professional Development

Howard Blumenfeld
Professional Development Coordinator


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