Game Changer: Florida Senate Unanimously Passes Special Education Bill

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The Florida Senate unanimously passed Bill 1108 on April 29th.

Law Would Give Parents Final Say About Special Diploma Track

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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.

Standing With Ashley

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I stand with Ashley because she is part of our community, she is brave and she survived brutality.I stand with Ashley because I hope to show her, one day, that the joy of belonging to our caring community trumps the memories of pain.

Autism Acceptance- All Created Equal

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John Hussman on the MCIE Blog. "And then love them back. Not for who they might have been without autism, or for who they might be if they were “cured,” but as people who need to be nothing other than who they are, to be loved and accepted."

A Generational Shift in Understanding Life With Down Syndrome

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"You cannot know if someone else's life is worth living without asking them and without even knowing them."

Sexual Assault and Ableism in Martin de Porres Academy

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K.J. told police that she said "No" and "Stop" when the three ninth grade boys sexually assaulted her. She had to be physically assaulted to keep from escaping. But, because K.J. and her attackers were labeled with IQs below 50 the sex is considered "consensual".

Neurodiversity IS the Next Civil Rights Movement

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"When we talk about inclusion what we're talking about is diversity." Audra Zucherman, co-founder, The IDEAL School .The IDEAL School practices full inclusion while nurturing their students abilities to create real change in the world through compassion and self- empowerment.

Ten Things I wish My Teacher and SLP Knew about AAC : Pat Mervine

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Pat Mervine has a great website and is the author

Abuse and Cover Up of Students with Special Needs In Ohio

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Special Education teacher from Kings Local School District accused of seclusion, restraint, physical abuse , verbal and emotional abuse.

Breaking News from Autistic Hoya: The End of Torture at the JRC?

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick filed a motion to vacate (render null) the 1987 settlement agreement that has permitted the Judge Rotenberg Center to use aversives, including the notorious electric shock GED devices.

I Feel Tired

2016-11-10T10:11:56-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Some parents understand that autism is a natural part of some children’s lives and they fight the societal attitudes toward autistics. That’s love. Some parents don’t, and they fight, and hurt, their own children. This is not love and is one of the things that make me very tired.

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

2016-11-10T10:11:56-05:00By |Categories: Assistive Technology, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Great video on Kathleen McClaskey's Scoop It site, UDL- Universal Design for Learning about accessible instructional materials.