Focusing on individuals with cognitive disabilities/mental retardation, autism, and related disabilities Working with students with developmental disabilities is a demanding (and rewarding) career choice. It is important that students and teachers know that they are not alone when meeting those demands, that they are not isolated professionals within a school building. Attending DDD/CEC conferences, creating a DDD chapter on your school’s campus, reading the DDD journals, and networking with students and professionals within this organization are great ways to build a network of support. One of the most important ways I gathered support, both as a student and practicing teacher, was talking informall
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