School Safety for Students with Disabilities
School emergency procedures are crucial to the safety of students. However for students with disabilities, there is no national model for school-based crisis preparedness. In addition, very few school safety plans address the complex needs of students with disabilities. This course provides school administrators, staff members, special educators and paraeducators with the tools to better understand the safety needs of students with disabilities, and how to develop specific safety plans for students in the classroom. Topics include: school crisis challenges, school safety teams, creating safety plans, tools for students to manage emergencies and safety considerations for students with disabilities.
Dusty Columbia Embury, Ed.D.
Dr. Dusty Columbia Embury is an associate professor of special education at Eastern Kentucky University and former classroom special education teacher. Mom to two children, she learned how to be a better special education teacher by participating in IEP meetings as a parent. As a researcher, her work with to promote inclusion of students with disabilities has been a primary focus.
Laura Clarke, Ed.D.
Dr. Laura Clarke is an associate professor of special education at Eastern Kentucky University and former classroom special education teacher. Mom to four children, one with autism and epilepsy, she developed her toolbox of research-based strategies through great professional development and working with highly qualified teachers. As a researcher, she focuses on promoting inclusion of students with mild to severe disabilities through the development of engagement strategies to benefit all students.