I colleague of mine, who teaches special education at the high school level, relayed a story in which an administrator observed her English class and asked, "Why are you teaching these kids Shakespeare?" She explained, apologetically, that the version of the Shakespearean play that they were reading had the "translation" on the opposite side of each page. Both the question and the response are troubling to me. Does this administrator believe that "these kids" are not worthy of the best? While I of course am aware of how difficult it is to read Shakespeare unassisted, I wish educators would respond to the fact that students--regardless of their relegation to "special education" status, are perfectly capable of being affected by stories about jealousy, power, lust, love, greed, regret, humor, disguise, mistaken identity, and deep irony. I would rather see special education students read excerpts of the real thing rather than "translations" of the original, and certainly I believe that a little Shakespeare is far better than no Shakespeare. 
I'm reminded of a story. When my son was in middle school (too young for Shakespeare), I informally "hired" him and his buddy to help me set up my classroom during the summer. "Ycch," his friend said, while stacking copies of "The Tempest." "Shakespeare? I hate that. So boring." Now, my son would surely have agreed were it not for his exposure to some Shakespearean plays that I had directed at the school, as parodies.  "Oh, no," he said to his friend. "It's about swords and stuff. And it's funny."  With that, his friend opened to a random page and found himself tickled by this line: "You cram these words into mine ears against the stomach of my sense." He read it aloud, observing that it was cool "the way they said that." 
Yes, indeed. Let's please not take away any pleasure that even "special ed" students might find in the best that literature has to offer, and that is Shakespeare. Let's not overwhelm them, but let's give them a chance to find out that "it's cool the way they said that."