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Educating Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities


As schools continue to mainstream children with disabilities, students with emotional and behavioral disabilities  may be the toughest to include.  They’re less likely to graduate and more likely to get arrested.  And there are questions about how to approach these kids – whether it’s a matter of more discipline or alternative methods.  We look at this issue and discuss a new documentary that takes a look at the topic through the life of a high school student coping with these disabilities.  


Dan Habib, Filmmaker in Residence at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. His new film,  Who Cares About Kelsey?follows the experiences of a high school student coping with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The film premieres this Sunday, May 20, at Red River Theatres in Concord.

Christine Martin, principal of Manchester's Webster Elementary School, a magnet school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

P. Alan Pardy, executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators.