Meeting the needs of students with disabilities experiencing homelessness: Federal, community, and educator roles
PREVENTING SCHOOL FAILURE
Homelessness is a complex and multifaceted condition that affects 2.5 million, or one in every 30, children annually. Based on these numbers, it is likely that at least one student has experienced or is experiencing homelessness in most public school classrooms. Sixteen percent of students experiencing homelessness also received services under IDEA in 2014. Authors describe how homelessness impacts the outcomes of students-particularly those with disabilities, what federal policies and protections exist, and how communities lend support. One hallmark of special education, and an essential strategy for serving students experiencing homelessness, is a team approach. Thus, the authors conclude with five practical, team-based tips for school personnel, based on the acronym HOMES, to help ensure they are providing the supports and services these students need.
Sullivan-Walker, Melissa E.; Rock, Marcia L.; and Popp, Patricia A., Meeting the needs of students with disabilities experiencing homelessness: Federal, community, and educator roles (2017).