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Doll Diversity Isn’t Just Child’s Play – Dolls with Disabilities

  • January 01, 2014
  • 3
BY Emily Ladau

As a little girl, I had a doll collection that took over nearly every inch of toy storage space in my room. I loved them …

Pro Infirmis Mannequins Video Shows Bodily Diversity is Beautiful

  • December 19, 2013
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BY Emily Ladau

A trip to the mall bombards me with unattainable ideals of “perfection” everywhere I turn. Mannequins of one standard body shape and size taunt me …

The Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education – 07/12/13

  • July 08, 2013
  • 0
BY

This week, Carol Quirk who is the Co-Executive Director for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, will return to the podcast. Carol is going to …

2013 Top Ten Signs of Special Ed Advocate Burn Out

  • May 16, 2013
  • 0
BY

Subtitle: Why you may need a trip to a COPAA conference to relax. 1. You thought the OSEP’s MOU on NCLB’s AYP came from CDC …

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

  • May 01, 2013
  • 0
BY

Great resource promoting increased participation in physical activity among people of all abilities.

Helpful On-Line Resources for Creating Inclusive Schools

  • May 01, 2013
  • 0
BY

How do we help our children or students who are perpetually losing things, often running late and seem completely disorganized? Do we re… Teachers love …

Some special education teachers fear losing jobs

  • April 30, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Atlanta special education teachers say they fear they could lose their jobs if they aren’t certified to teach in another subject. …

Law Would Give Parents Final Say About Special Diploma Track

  • April 23, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

A proposed law moving quickly through the Legislature would give parents of kids receiving special education services the final say about their child’s placement on a special diploma track.

Insight into Inclusion: The Language we Use

  • April 19, 2013
  • 0
BY

How do we help our children or students who are perpetually losing things, often running late and seem completely disorganized? Do we re… Teachers love …

School Says, “No Advanced Classes for Kids with IEPs”

  • March 21, 2013
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BY

My child has a learning disability. Her teachers want her to enroll in advanced classes. She is eligible based on her test scores and school …

How to talk to a hearing impaired person? Don’t shout

  • March 13, 2013
  • 2
BY

First rule: Look at the hearing-impaired person when you speak.

Need for culturally sensitive treatment for deaf patients with psychiatric disorders

  • March 13, 2013
  • 0
BY

Members of the Deaf community who have mental health problems need culturally sensitive treatment to avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, according to a report in …

Retention is Not a Form of “Specialized Instruction”

  • March 08, 2013
  • 0
BY

The school wanted to retain my son who has an IEP for OT, PT and Speech. They insisted he repeat second grade. I disagreed. Now …

What’s the Difference between Reduction in Homework and Shortened Assignments?

  • March 08, 2013
  • 0
BY

By Kori Hamilton and Elizabeth Kessler, professional special educator and NICHCY advisor. Being able to provide ample opportunities for success to all students requires a …

‘Switched at Birth’ Goes Silent to Make a Point

  • March 02, 2013
  • 0
BY

“Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand,” says a guidance counselor a high school for deaf students in “Switched at Birth.”

Home Modifications

  • February 28, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

Not all people begin life with disabilities, but most of us will need some kind of assistance as we experience the normal process of aging. …

A Parent’s Story of Advocacy on The Inclusive Class

  • February 22, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips – literally. That’s why I put together a list of… …

You Have to See This Inclusion Infographic!

  • February 20, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

Teachers love a great resource! Especially a resource that is free and at their fingertips – literally. That’s why I put together a list of… …

Appropriate Education for Your Child – 02/15/2013

  • February 15, 2013
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BY

Unfortunately, our guest Howard Glasser, was unavailable for this morning’s show! However, Terri and I managed to fill the 30 minutes (it’s not hard!) talking …

Wright’s Law: Why Schools Usually Say “No!”

  • February 15, 2013
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BY

My son is going to middle school. Same district, new school, just blocks apart. His 1:1 (same para for 3 years) has been the best …

The iPad and More: Help Children Improve Communication, Cognition, Literacy and Learning

  • February 10, 2013
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BY Ollibean

Blog on the topic of assistive technology, eLearning, mind mapping, project management, visual learning, collaborative tools, and educational technology · 1st 10 registrants receive free …

Deaf girl’s parents demand tutor

  • January 31, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

Caryl and John Clarke with their daughters Tirion and Hafwen (second right) The parents of a profoundly deaf girl are threatening a council with legal …

Single-sided deafness leads to unilateral aural preference within an early sensitive period

  • January 30, 2013
  • 0
BY Ollibean

Unilateral deafness has a high incidence in children. In addition to children who are born without hearing in one ear, children with bilateral deafness are …

One-step test for mitochondrial diseases

  • January 29, 2013
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BY Ollibean

Jan. 28, 2013 More powerful gene-sequencing tools have increasingly been uncovering disease secrets in DNA within the cell nucleus. Now a research team is expanding …

US DOE “Access to Sports for Students with Disabilities Is a Civil Right”

  • January 25, 2013
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U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options.

The Inclusive Class: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities

  • January 24, 2013
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BY Ollibean

Nicole and Terri are looking forward to interviewing Dr. Sheldon Horowitz about ways classrooms can support children with learning disabilities.

Op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

  • January 17, 2013
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BY

WALKING the same halls once trod by Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Bruce Lee, Brandon Roy and Macklemore makes teaching at Garfield High School exhilarating. When …

Cases of Rare But Deadly Encephalitis Rising Among Kids, Report Finds

  • January 17, 2013
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BY

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) — Although still rare, the extremely serious disease known as Eastern equine encephalitis may be affecting more people than before. …

Q&A: IDEA and child care

  • January 04, 2013
  • 0
BY

This 4-page brief explains the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to child care providers, including early intervention for children under the …

Otojoy to Improve Listening Experience at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

  • January 04, 2013
  • 0
BY

We are hopeful that once our hearing-impaired residents experience this technology, they will campaign for public venues in the community to install hearing loops as …

Calif schools face rising special education costs

  • January 03, 2013
  • 0
BY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal …

Inclusion in the Middle School Years – 01/04/13

  • January 02, 2013
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The Inclusive Class Podcast kicks off a new year with a new live show on Friday, January 4, 2013. Listen as Nicole and Terri interview …

IEP Team Member Apology: A Template for “Not Knowing It All – After All”

  • December 27, 2012
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Have you just committed a real faux pas but find yourself at a loss for words to apologize? Perhaps you are a celebrity who needs …

Crowdsourcing Site Compiles New Sign Language for Math and Science

  • December 25, 2012
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A multimedia feature published earlier in December in the New York Times, “Pushing Science’s Limits in Sign Language Lexicon,” outlines efforts in the United States …

Letter from National Council on Disability (NCD) to the President Following Newtown Tragedy

  • December 23, 2012
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December 20, 2012 The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the National Council on …

COPAA Statement on the Newtown Tragedy

  • December 23, 2012
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The members of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) work in schools every day with teachers and on behalf of the 7.1 million …

FCC Honors Designers of Communications Technology Benefiting People with Disabilities

  • December 20, 2012
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445 12th Street, S.W. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: December 19, 2012 Michael Snyder at (202) 418-0997 E-mail: Michael.Snyder@fcc.gov FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI HONORS INNOVATORS …

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  • December 16, 2012
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An Ethnographic Investigation of African American Mothers’ Perceptions of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • December 14, 2012
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The purpose of this study was to investigate fourteen African American mothers’ perceptions of the utilization of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by their children …

‘Smartpen’ Pilot Program Helps Students with Disabilities

  • December 13, 2012
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BY

We often get questions about the legality of using a recording device or pen in class. Parents ask this question when schools tell them “recording …

Crowdsourcing site compiles new sign language for math and science

  • December 07, 2012
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BY

IMAGE: This is an ASL-STEM Forum screen shot, with former research team member Anna Cavender. A multimedia feature published this week in the New York …

Lessons in inclusion at S.F. schools

  • December 07, 2012
  • 0
BY Curated

San Francisco first-grader Anabel Rubin shoved her hands into tube socks and reached for the zip-lock bag filled with a dozen tiddlywinks chips. Her job …

Aide at Maryland School for the Deaf charged with sex abuse of minors

  • December 06, 2012
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BY

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 12/06/2012 Dec 06, 2012 06:55 PM EST TheWashingtonPost By David Marino-Nachison An aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf’s …

Scientists identify molecules in the ear that convert sound into brain signals

  • December 06, 2012
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IMAGE: Ulrich Mueller, PhD, (center) isa professor in the Department of Cell Biology,director of the Dorris Neuroscience Center at The Scripps Research Institute, and lead …

Use Your Words: Non-Verbal, Speech, and AAC

  • December 06, 2012
  • 0
BY

I see a little girl every week at events that my child attends. She’s great. She’s nine years old, has a fantastic laugh, and a …

Build Your App with Therapy Box

  • November 30, 2012
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BY

“After numerous requests, we have opened up our service to work with creative speech and language therapists, teachers and organisations who have an idea for …

CEC Celebrates IDEA’s 37th Anniversary

  • November 29, 2012
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On November 29, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), landmark legislation that forever changed …

Longview school suspends use of isolation box

  • November 29, 2012
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BY

The Longview School District has suspended the use of an isolation box for special education students while it reviews the policy for isolating students who …

Evaluating the Efficacy of the LRE

  • November 16, 2012
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I attended an IEP meeting recently that really brought home for me the complex nuances of determining what placement, or blend of placement options, represents …

The Negative Effects of Separating Children with Disabilities

  • November 15, 2012
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Inclusion: What does the research say? There is a strong research base to support the education of children with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers. Although …

Nathan Heller: Andrew Solomon’s “Far from the Tree.”

  • November 12, 2012
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For Megan and Michael, a Los Angeles couple, the crucial turn of parenthood came not in the delivery room but eight months later, when they …

Now, It’s Our Turn!

  • November 10, 2012
  • 0
BY

Tonight, Terri and I had the tables turned on us! It was our turn to be on the “hot seat” when we were featured guests …

Some Kids May Overcome or Outgrow Egg Allergy, Study Suggests

  • November 09, 2012
  • 0
BY

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — Early new research offers some hopeful findings for parents of children with food allergies. One new study suggests that …

CHOP presents new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at AHA 2012

  • November 09, 2012
  • 0
BY

Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions …

Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

  • November 09, 2012
  • 0
BY

We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H …

Open Letter from a Doctoral Student Who Needs Some Help with her Study

  • November 08, 2012
  • 0
BY

Hi, my name is Christina and I am a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University. The title of my dissertation is “Examining the Potential of …

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities – 11/02/12

  • November 01, 2012
  • 0
BY

Having taught at the primary, secondary and college levels, Dr. Horowitz has also worked as a consultant to school districts throughout the New York City …

Pediatric Reading Communicator Designed by Enabling Devices Now…

  • October 26, 2012
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BY

“This is a great tool to help with developing early reading skills and will help instill that lifelong love of reading for children of any …

Exchange of DNA Between Egg Cells May Help Prevent Mitochondrial Diseases

  • October 24, 2012
  • 0
BY

With the help of modified in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, researchers are a step closer to finding a way to prevent mitochondrial diseases that can …

URMC, Deaf Community, Study How to Improve Research Participation

  • October 24, 2012
  • 0
BY

Documents that explain life-saving medical procedures or how to take part in research can be difficult to understand, but with a $600,000 grant the University …

Listen to The Inclusive Class Roundtable – 10/26

  • October 23, 2012
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Inclusive Education, as defined and described by education experts, is a philosophy. It is not a program, nor does it happen in is… Parents of …

Special ed in distress A few schools get it right, but complaints and lawsuits are mounting against a troubled program serving 7,000 Seattle students.

  • October 21, 2012
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Five years ago, a high-profile report found that Seattle’s public-school district was decades behind the rest of the country in serving students with disabilities. Today, …

Special ed e-mail to be probed by state

  • October 19, 2012
  • 0
BY

The California Department of Education will investigate whether the San Francisco Unified School District improperly denied summer school services to students with special needs to …

Why Won’t the School Provide Homebound Instruction?

  • October 18, 2012
  • 0
BY

My child’s doctor recommended homebound instruction. The school said they had the authority to override that recommendation. Why won’t the school provide homebound services? Issues …

COPAA Announces Keynote and General Session Speakers for 2013 Conference

  • October 18, 2012
  • 0
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COPAA is an independent, nonprofit membership organization of special education attorneys, special education advocates, related professionals, and parents/family members. Our primary mission is to secure …

Apply Now – Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) ®

  • October 17, 2012
  • 0
BY

COPAA is pleased to annnounce the availability of The Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT), a year-long course that provides participants with training to become a …

Freehand™ Glove Computer Assistive Technology Device From AbleNet Now…

  • October 13, 2012
  • 0
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“The Freehand™ Glove Kit is truly a ‘wearable computer interface’ that allows people with disabilities and physical challenges to more easily use computers.” Rehabmart.com, an …

Study identifies 21 new gene variants associated with risks of heart disease, metabolic disorders

  • October 12, 2012
  • 0
BY

In the largest-ever genetic study of cholesterol and other blood lipids, an international consortium has identified 21 new gene variants associated with risks of heart …

Profoundly Gifted Kids: Bored Out of Their Minds

  • October 11, 2012
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BY

Profoundly gifted children get no attention at their level of ability. They are ignored, expected to just be happy getting their easy A’s. These children …

AAPC Publishing Releases Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students With Special Needs

  • October 02, 2012
  • 0
BY

Integrate learning objectives with therapeutic supports and necessary modifications right in the classroom. Multiple worlds exist within the educational universe. Integrated planning happens when each …

iOS 6 Brings the Highlight Words feature to the iPad

  • September 29, 2012
  • 0
BY

Blog on the topic of assistive technology, eLearning, mind mapping, project management, visual learning, collaborative tools, and educational technology Apple has added a number of …

National Council on Disability (NCD) Releases Report on Rights of Parents with Disabilities & Their Children

  • September 27, 2012
  • 0
BY

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, September 27, the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, released “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of …

The Case for Inclusion Part Two: What Does Inclusion Look Like?

  • September 27, 2012
  • 1
BY Tim Villegas of Think Inclusive

It should always be the objective of public education to serve all students no matter what their disability label. It should always be the objective to give the right amount of support for all children.

Positive results from Edison’s EPI-743 phase 2A study on Leigh Syndrome

  • September 13, 2012
  • 0
BY

Edison Pharmaceuticals today announced positive results of a recently completed phase 2A study entitled, “Prospective Open Label Study of EPI-743 in Children with Leigh Syndrome …

Making math accessible to middle schoolers with special needs

  • September 07, 2012
  • 0
BY

This resource is called Accessibility Strategies in Mathematics — Middle School: Online Guides, and comes from the Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics Project. The goal of …

Bridge School Benefit Tickets: Ticketprocess Offers Bridge School…

  • September 06, 2012
  • 0
BY

Legendary musician Neil Young and his wife will once again be sponsoring their annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, …

NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech Featured in AAC Speech Application

  • August 29, 2012
  • 0
BY

We believe that NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech will benefit people with speech disabilities to communicate with other people. NeoSpeech, a leader in text-to-speech (TTS) software and speech-enabled …

Dr Thomas Armstrong – Neurodiversity – Aug 27,2012

  • August 27, 2012
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BY

Call in to speak with the host “Neurodiversity” by Dr Armstrong – Brilliance “Neurodiversity – Discovering the Extraordinary gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other …

USC’s Special Ed Infographic

  • August 24, 2012
  • 0
BY

Welcome to Making Special Education Actually Work, the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible …

National Federation of the Blind Applauds National Council on Disability Report

  • August 23, 2012
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BY

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We applaud the National Council on Disability for its strong affirmation of the …

Another School year !!

  • August 19, 2012
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BY

Another school year begins August the 16th for us. My son is a young 1st grader , he will be 6 on August 23rd . …

Special needs kids staying in traditional schools

  • August 18, 2012
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BY

LOS ANGELES The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives …

My Video for Day without Starbucks for Sebastien

  • August 18, 2012
  • 1
BY Henry Frost

My video to help raise money for “Day Without Starbucks for Sebastien” . Sebastien is my friend. He has MELAS, a mitochondrial disease that is hurting him. Please help.

Sebastien’s Smile

  • August 18, 2012
  • 0
BY

Sebastien’s Smile was created for the sole purpose of raising awareness for Mitochondrial diseases which affect the Setin’s son Sebastien.

Henry’s video for his friend Sebastien, please help by sharing

  • August 18, 2012
  • 1
BY Lauri Swann Hunt

Thursday Henry decided he wanted to write something to help his friend. We decided to video the process, as you can see, typing one letter at a …

London 2012 Takes Paralympic Torch Relay to New Heights

  • August 16, 2012
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BY

The Paralympic Torch Relay is the perfect moment to get your flags back out and get behind the incredible athletes taking part as the excitement …

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: The Accessible Principal

  • August 15, 2012
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BY

I am so thrilled to share the with you, which is a new blog that was launched this summer by one of the best administrators …

NYC to Integrate Special Ed Students into Regular Classrooms

  • August 13, 2012
  • 0
BY

New York City’s pilot for special education inclusion has moved the district to apply the program to a majority of the schools in the city. …

What is the Timeline for Developing a Section 504 Plan?

  • August 13, 2012
  • 0
BY

My 6 year old daughter had her 3 year reevaluation. She has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fine motor difficulty. She is doing well academically. …

Health Tip: Possible Signs of an Ear Infection

  • August 13, 2012
  • 0
BY

(HealthDay News) — Ear infections are common in babies and young toddlers, who may not always be able to verbalize that something’s wrong. The National …

Change Leader Marianne Russo

  • August 13, 2012
  • 4
BY Lauri Swann Hunt

Change Leader Marianne Russo of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio answers our questions. We talk to her about why she started the Coffee Klatch interactive network and she answers our Ollibean Questionairre.

Disability Activists Secure Agreement from RIT President After Protesting Local Hotel’s Resistance to Equal Access

  • August 10, 2012
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BY

Rochester, NY – In response to national efforts by the hotel industry to block full accessibility to swimming pools for Americans with disabilities, local disability …

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

  • August 10, 2012
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BY

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school. Daily collaborative planning time at …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s school districts are shouldering an increasing share of the rising cost of educating students with disabilities as state and federal …

Jan
13

Inclusion in the Middle School Years – 01/04/13

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The Inclusive Class Podcast kicks off a new year with a new live show on Friday, January 4, 2013. Listen as Nicole and Terri interview …

Dec
12

IEP Team Member Apology: A Template for “Not Knowing It All – After All”

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Have you just committed a real faux pas but find yourself at a loss for words to apologize? Perhaps you are a celebrity who needs …

Dec
12

Crowdsourcing Site Compiles New Sign Language for Math and Science

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A multimedia feature published earlier in December in the New York Times, “Pushing Science’s Limits in Sign Language Lexicon,” outlines efforts in the United States …

Dec
12

Letter from National Council on Disability (NCD) to the President Following Newtown Tragedy

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December 20, 2012 The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the National Council on …

Dec
12

COPAA Statement on the Newtown Tragedy

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The members of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) work in schools every day with teachers and on behalf of the 7.1 million …

Dec
12

FCC Honors Designers of Communications Technology Benefiting People with Disabilities

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445 12th Street, S.W. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: December 19, 2012 Michael Snyder at (202) 418-0997 E-mail: Michael.Snyder@fcc.gov FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI HONORS INNOVATORS …

Dec
12

Scratch

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12

An Ethnographic Investigation of African American Mothers’ Perceptions of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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The purpose of this study was to investigate fourteen African American mothers’ perceptions of the utilization of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by their children …

Dec
12

‘Smartpen’ Pilot Program Helps Students with Disabilities

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We often get questions about the legality of using a recording device or pen in class. Parents ask this question when schools tell them “recording …

Dec
12

Crowdsourcing site compiles new sign language for math and science

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IMAGE: This is an ASL-STEM Forum screen shot, with former research team member Anna Cavender. A multimedia feature published this week in the New York …

Dec
12

Lessons in inclusion at S.F. schools

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San Francisco first-grader Anabel Rubin shoved her hands into tube socks and reached for the zip-lock bag filled with a dozen tiddlywinks chips. Her job …

Dec
12

Aide at Maryland School for the Deaf charged with sex abuse of minors

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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 12/06/2012 Dec 06, 2012 06:55 PM EST TheWashingtonPost By David Marino-Nachison An aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf’s …

Dec
12

Scientists identify molecules in the ear that convert sound into brain signals

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IMAGE: Ulrich Mueller, PhD, (center) isa professor in the Department of Cell Biology,director of the Dorris Neuroscience Center at The Scripps Research Institute, and lead …

Dec
12

Use Your Words: Non-Verbal, Speech, and AAC

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I see a little girl every week at events that my child attends. She’s great. She’s nine years old, has a fantastic laugh, and a …

Nov
12

Build Your App with Therapy Box

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“After numerous requests, we have opened up our service to work with creative speech and language therapists, teachers and organisations who have an idea for …

Nov
12

CEC Celebrates IDEA’s 37th Anniversary

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On November 29, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), landmark legislation that forever changed …

Nov
12

Longview school suspends use of isolation box

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The Longview School District has suspended the use of an isolation box for special education students while it reviews the policy for isolating students who …

Nov
12

Evaluating the Efficacy of the LRE

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I attended an IEP meeting recently that really brought home for me the complex nuances of determining what placement, or blend of placement options, represents …

Nov
12

The Negative Effects of Separating Children with Disabilities

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Inclusion: What does the research say? There is a strong research base to support the education of children with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers. Although …

Nov
12

Nathan Heller: Andrew Solomon’s “Far from the Tree.”

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For Megan and Michael, a Los Angeles couple, the crucial turn of parenthood came not in the delivery room but eight months later, when they …

Nov
12

Now, It’s Our Turn!

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Tonight, Terri and I had the tables turned on us! It was our turn to be on the “hot seat” when we were featured guests …

Nov
12

Some Kids May Overcome or Outgrow Egg Allergy, Study Suggests

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FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — Early new research offers some hopeful findings for parents of children with food allergies. One new study suggests that …

Nov
12

CHOP presents new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at AHA 2012

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Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions …

Nov
12

Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

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We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H …

Nov
12

Open Letter from a Doctoral Student Who Needs Some Help with her Study

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Hi, my name is Christina and I am a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University. The title of my dissertation is “Examining the Potential of …

Nov
12

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities – 11/02/12

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Having taught at the primary, secondary and college levels, Dr. Horowitz has also worked as a consultant to school districts throughout the New York City …

Oct
12

Pediatric Reading Communicator Designed by Enabling Devices Now…

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“This is a great tool to help with developing early reading skills and will help instill that lifelong love of reading for children of any …

Oct
12

Exchange of DNA Between Egg Cells May Help Prevent Mitochondrial Diseases

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With the help of modified in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques, researchers are a step closer to finding a way to prevent mitochondrial diseases that can …

Oct
12

URMC, Deaf Community, Study How to Improve Research Participation

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Documents that explain life-saving medical procedures or how to take part in research can be difficult to understand, but with a $600,000 grant the University …

Oct
12

Listen to The Inclusive Class Roundtable – 10/26

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Inclusive Education, as defined and described by education experts, is a philosophy. It is not a program, nor does it happen in is… Parents of …

Oct
12

Special ed in distress A few schools get it right, but complaints and lawsuits are mounting against a troubled program serving 7,000 Seattle students.

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Five years ago, a high-profile report found that Seattle’s public-school district was decades behind the rest of the country in serving students with disabilities. Today, …

Oct
12

Special ed e-mail to be probed by state

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The California Department of Education will investigate whether the San Francisco Unified School District improperly denied summer school services to students with special needs to …

Oct
12

Why Won’t the School Provide Homebound Instruction?

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My child’s doctor recommended homebound instruction. The school said they had the authority to override that recommendation. Why won’t the school provide homebound services? Issues …

Oct
12

COPAA Announces Keynote and General Session Speakers for 2013 Conference

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COPAA is an independent, nonprofit membership organization of special education attorneys, special education advocates, related professionals, and parents/family members. Our primary mission is to secure …

Oct
12

Apply Now – Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT) ®

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COPAA is pleased to annnounce the availability of The Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT), a year-long course that provides participants with training to become a …

Oct
12

Freehand™ Glove Computer Assistive Technology Device From AbleNet Now…

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“The Freehand™ Glove Kit is truly a ‘wearable computer interface’ that allows people with disabilities and physical challenges to more easily use computers.” Rehabmart.com, an …

Oct
12

Study identifies 21 new gene variants associated with risks of heart disease, metabolic disorders

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In the largest-ever genetic study of cholesterol and other blood lipids, an international consortium has identified 21 new gene variants associated with risks of heart …

Oct
12

Profoundly Gifted Kids: Bored Out of Their Minds

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Profoundly gifted children get no attention at their level of ability. They are ignored, expected to just be happy getting their easy A’s. These children …

Oct
12

AAPC Publishing Releases Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students With Special Needs

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Integrate learning objectives with therapeutic supports and necessary modifications right in the classroom. Multiple worlds exist within the educational universe. Integrated planning happens when each …

Sep
12

iOS 6 Brings the Highlight Words feature to the iPad

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Blog on the topic of assistive technology, eLearning, mind mapping, project management, visual learning, collaborative tools, and educational technology Apple has added a number of …

Sep
12

National Council on Disability (NCD) Releases Report on Rights of Parents with Disabilities & Their Children

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WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, September 27, the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, released “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of …

Sep
12

The Case for Inclusion Part Two: What Does Inclusion Look Like?

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It should always be the objective of public education to serve all students no matter what their disability label. It should always be the objective to give the right amount of support for all children.

Sep
12

Positive results from Edison’s EPI-743 phase 2A study on Leigh Syndrome

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Edison Pharmaceuticals today announced positive results of a recently completed phase 2A study entitled, “Prospective Open Label Study of EPI-743 in Children with Leigh Syndrome …

Sep
12

Making math accessible to middle schoolers with special needs

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This resource is called Accessibility Strategies in Mathematics — Middle School: Online Guides, and comes from the Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics Project. The goal of …

Sep
12

Bridge School Benefit Tickets: Ticketprocess Offers Bridge School…

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Legendary musician Neil Young and his wife will once again be sponsoring their annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, …

Aug
12

NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech Featured in AAC Speech Application

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We believe that NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech will benefit people with speech disabilities to communicate with other people. NeoSpeech, a leader in text-to-speech (TTS) software and speech-enabled …

Aug
12

Dr Thomas Armstrong – Neurodiversity – Aug 27,2012

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Call in to speak with the host “Neurodiversity” by Dr Armstrong – Brilliance “Neurodiversity – Discovering the Extraordinary gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other …

Aug
12

USC’s Special Ed Infographic

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Welcome to Making Special Education Actually Work, the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible …

Aug
12

National Federation of the Blind Applauds National Council on Disability Report

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Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We applaud the National Council on Disability for its strong affirmation of the …

Aug
12

Another School year !!

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Another school year begins August the 16th for us. My son is a young 1st grader , he will be 6 on August 23rd . …

Aug
12

Special needs kids staying in traditional schools

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LOS ANGELES The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives …

Aug
12

My Video for Day without Starbucks for Sebastien

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My video to help raise money for “Day Without Starbucks for Sebastien” . Sebastien is my friend. He has MELAS, a mitochondrial disease that is hurting him. Please help.

Aug
12

Sebastien’s Smile

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Sebastien’s Smile was created for the sole purpose of raising awareness for Mitochondrial diseases which affect the Setin’s son Sebastien.

Aug
12

Henry’s video for his friend Sebastien, please help by sharing

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Thursday Henry decided he wanted to write something to help his friend. We decided to video the process, as you can see, typing one letter at a …

Aug
12

London 2012 Takes Paralympic Torch Relay to New Heights

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The Paralympic Torch Relay is the perfect moment to get your flags back out and get behind the incredible athletes taking part as the excitement …

Aug
12

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: The Accessible Principal

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I am so thrilled to share the with you, which is a new blog that was launched this summer by one of the best administrators …

Aug
12

NYC to Integrate Special Ed Students into Regular Classrooms

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New York City’s pilot for special education inclusion has moved the district to apply the program to a majority of the schools in the city. …

Aug
12

What is the Timeline for Developing a Section 504 Plan?

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My 6 year old daughter had her 3 year reevaluation. She has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and fine motor difficulty. She is doing well academically. …

Aug
12

Health Tip: Possible Signs of an Ear Infection

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(HealthDay News) — Ear infections are common in babies and young toddlers, who may not always be able to verbalize that something’s wrong. The National …

Aug
12

Change Leader Marianne Russo

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Change Leader Marianne Russo of The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio answers our questions. We talk to her about why she started the Coffee Klatch interactive network and she answers our Ollibean Questionairre.

Aug
12

Disability Activists Secure Agreement from RIT President After Protesting Local Hotel’s Resistance to Equal Access

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Rochester, NY – In response to national efforts by the hotel industry to block full accessibility to swimming pools for Americans with disabilities, local disability …

Aug
12

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

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Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school. Daily collaborative planning time at …