From this workshop participants will gain a better understanding of IDEA’s criteria for Emotional Disturbance (ED), with special attention given to the challenges of disproportionality. After providing a brief overview of ED criteria this session will then explore the challenges of the disproportional over (and under) representation of different groups within this disability category. With one of the more important ways to address disproportionality being the appropriate application of ED criteria, the workshop also spends significant time reviewing the key elements of these criteria, which include a clear link between an emotional condition and one of the five characteristics of ED, the social maladjustment exclusion, and attention to the three limiting conditions.
Stephen Brock, NCSP, LEP, is a professor and the School Psychology Program Coordinator at the California State University, Sacramento. A past president of both CASP and NASP, Dr. Brock is lead editor of the NASP publication Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention and first author of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model. He has authored over 100 publications and has made more than 300 state and national conference presentations.