|Details: This is a survey course examining the general aspects of the exceptional child. Emphasis centers on the historical, philosophical and social background leading to legislative provisions for individuals with disabilities; definitions and eligibility criteria of each area of disability to include referral procedures in terms of when, how and where; models for delivery of services; multidisciplinary staffing procedures; individualized education programs; due process; characteristics of various exceptionalities including gifted and talented and attention-deficit disorders; and examples of accommodative techniques in the classroom. The impact of the diversity of issues posed by the environment and people surrounding persons with disabilities is a major focus. Attention is also directed toward working with parents and community agencies. Identification of high-risk students within each area of exceptionality is examined. Current issues and trends and other controversies are examined briefly. Field experience, which can be part of the human relations component for education majors only, is a requirement of the course.