iOS app Android app

Special Education

Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Autism Without Fear: Schools Need to Bring Back Skilled Trades--A Conversation With Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Michael John Carley | Posted 09.25.2015 | Education
Michael John Carley

"Many kids on the autism spectrum love to build things with Legos. When I was little, if it could be made from paper, tape, and cardboard, it got built. At age three, I had no speech, but lots of therapy and excellent teachers helped me be successful."

Ed Asner, Shannon Penrod, Shannon Des Roches Rosa Respond to Autism Speaks Criticism

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Sara Gershfeld

As an active member in the autism community, with no formal affiliation or financial relationship with Autism Speaks, I think it is important for us to engage in these discussions openly and often, with respect and tolerance for both perspectives.

The Impaired Visions of Hispanic Rural America

Veronica Garcia | Posted 09.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Veronica Garcia

In the backwoods of rural America, many children of impoverished Latino families unknowingly struggle with visual impairments that would otherwise be easily accommodated by suburban moms and attentive urban school principals.

How One Teacher Justified Giving an F to a Special Ed Student

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Lisa Abeyta

Because my son is gifted and quite articulate, teachers so often assume that he should just 'do it', never mind that he has dyslexia, dysgraphia, a memory processing disorder, and a school file full of reports going back to third grade that document his need for accommodations.

5 Steps Toward Disability Equality

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.

Students Build Apps for Peers in Special Education

XPRIZE | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education

At San Elijo Middle School in San Diego, students are using their technology prowess to help fellow students with special needs learn. It began when one teacher's interest in his colleague's teaching methods blossomed into a program that uses technology as a learning aid for both of classes.

Happy Birthday, IDEA

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I hope we can take a moment to reflect on what that extraordinary act was supposed to achieve. It was not just intended to guarantee services to children with disabilities, not just to serve them in the least restrictive environment, not just to see that they had IEPs. The idea was to help children achieve the maximum degree of success they could achieve.

What Can Happen When a District Takes Responsibility for its African American Students?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Lexington is almost a textbook case of a high-performing school district that had dismissed the low performance of its low-income and African American students for years, until a determined superintendent found a way to serve them better.

Open Letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

Of course no one wants bad teachers in front of children. The current system, though, seems to focus on student test scores rather than teacher quality. It seems to minimize teacher voice in favor of some idealized classroom that may or may not exist.

My Shame As a Teenage Sped

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
Max Baumbach

Before I graduated from my special ed high school, the administration offered me a choice: I could receive a diploma with the name of my actual school, or a discrete diploma from a non-descript public school in the area.

The Complicated Problem Of Race And Special Education

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

A study released last month by the American Educational Research Association found that minority students are underrepresented in ...

Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

When black and white kids act up or display troubling behavior at schools, teachers and administrators often address it with differing responses spli...

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

Big News or Flawed Research? The New Special Education Controversy

Kevin Welner | Posted 07.06.2015 | Education
Kevin Welner

Science is additive. Even the most startling new discoveries are built upon years of research findings reported by others. Sir Isaac Newton said he saw further because he stood on the shoulders of giants.

An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education

Kyle Redford | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Kyle Redford

Frankly, I was nothing short of stunned by your lack of understanding of the policies and approaches to dyslexia in our public schools.

Joy Resmovits

More Minority Students Should Be In Special Ed, Study Says | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

For decades, some education leaders and researchers have asserted that school districts often use special education placement as a way to segregate bl...

Special Recognition for a Very Special Girl

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you are the parent of a special needs child, you see your kid get a lot of awards and trophies for putting in the amazing effort it takes to complete anything. All the kids are superstars. I have never seen my daughter singled out for an accomplishment.

Israeli School Unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian Students WIth Cerebral Palsy

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Zahala, about 150 students study at the ONN School for Special Education. The school is special in that most of the children who attend, have cerebral palsy and other degenerative diseases. The diverse student population includes Muslim, Christian, and Jewish children.

A Choosy Mom on Choosing Schools

Smart Parents | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

After spending many wonderful years in our church preschool, it was time for my daughter to transfer to public school. As any mom can attest to, this can be an emotional time. When you have a child with special needs, it can be unnerving.

My Daughter Is Much More Than One Word

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I've never been comfortable using words that soften things. When my kids ask me a question, I give them the most honest answer that I think they're able to handle.

Disability Vs Defiance: Abuse, Discrimination and Autism

Michele Gruba | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Michele Gruba

We need consistent special education services with highly trained staff, community education for first responders, equal services and diagnostics in underserved communities, jobs and services for adults that are nonexistent in most areas.

6 Things Rarely Discussed in College Education Courses That Will Be Keys to Your Teaching Career

D. A. Russell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

It is hard to answer the question: "What advice would you give a new teacher?" The problem is that all teachers, even those of us who are most passionate about teaching, have a love-hate relationship with our jobs.

How and When to Diagnose Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Diagnosing a learning disability can be tough if a parent doesn't know the signs or when to be on the look out for a potential learning disability. Dr...

Improve Your Child's Reading Level with "You TELL Me Stories"

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Lynn Rubin, founder of "You TELL Me Stories" and expert in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo to talk about h...