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Special Education/Long Term effects of being labeled Emotionally Disturbed


Carol wrote at 2013-02-01 05:57:11
I son't know what happened to your son since this was written in 2011, but I would NOT recommend having the school label your child as emotionally disturbed. It will haunt him in his adult life, ESPECIALLY if he wants anything to do with the military, police or fire careers. Those type of fields ALL look at medical and school records extensively. And we found out that the military won't barely even consider anyone that even had been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, much less taken any medication for it.Even if your son went into the military as someone with special disabilites(they are required to hire 10% with disabilities for easy/desk type jobs that don't involve combat...govt. contract civilian jobs) they would NEVER put someone in any military job with the label of ED.Police and fire won't consider anyone with a ED status also. My youngest son is devasted because he has ADD and Anxiety and does very well on meds with it...but he really wants to get into the Air Force and I don't think it's going to happen.I would fight to get that removed from his record also.Maybe you should really work on getting a better diagnosis for your son. My older son sounded like yours and we found out in college he really had Aspergrs.I hope everything works out well for your son.

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Dr. Norm Bishop


I have spent nealy 40 years in the area of Special Education. I have had the pleasure of teaching pre-school, elementary, middle, high school and college levels, as well as, served in school district administration buildings in classroom/legal support positions. I have also spent some time working in a State Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Office and am now currently Division Head and Director of Institutional Research at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. I also teach special education classes on campus. I have also taught full time teacher preparation at Northern Arizona University on the Tucson Campus, Seattle Pacific University, and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. In addition to that I have taught adjunct at Seattle Pacific University, City University in Seattle, Ashford University, and Grand Canyon University.


I have experienced directly special education legal issues, process and procedure, and have taught at all levels in every special education category except gifted. My major expertise is diagnostic prescriptive teaching, literacy as it relates to disabilities, technology in special education, and Educational Leadership. My greatest passion in the field is building new programs, implementing and doing the research to see how they work. My Dissertation and principle research interest is in the area of inclusive education, primarily co-teaching of students with disabilities in the general education classroom.

Council for Exceptional Children, Association for the Supervision of Curriculum, National Reading Council.

Teaching Exceptional Children, Published computer assisted instruction, titled PAL, Special Education Basics, college Textbook, Teaching with Precision, college Textbook, Various devotionals at the website,

I have a B.A. in Secondary Education, a Masters in Special Education (cross categorical), administrative certification, and a second B.A. in Elementary Education. I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.

Awards and Honors
Best Summer Program in the Nation (Honorable Mention, when I was Teaching) Multiple local awards

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