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Special Education

What Good Is A Label?

Dr. Mindy McNeal | Posted 07.18.2016 | Parents
Dr. Mindy McNeal

Without this label, I would have been lost. It was crucial that we created an external environment that had strict restrictions to food access. This meant that everything from school birthday party treats to teacher snack stashes had to be addressed. My school's staff was wonderful and did not even blink when overnight we became a community that celebrated without food.

Why Autism Therapies Are Moving Out Of The Home And Into The Community Center

Lauren Rabin | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Lauren Rabin

For years, people on with Autistic Disorder - or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - have participated in home-based therapy. The concept behind home-bas...

Why Special Education Technology Needs to Go Beyond The Screen

Ladislas de Toldi | Posted 06.14.2016 | Education
Ladislas de Toldi

In today's society, one of the most common misconceptions about children with developmental disorders is that they are mentally deficient. This coul...

Rising for Innovation at the Collaborative: How ARISE Impact is Shaping the World of the Visually Challenged Through Special Education Modules

Erandi Palihakkara | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Erandi Palihakkara

Founded in 2010 by the vision and mission of Abhishek Syal, ARISE Impact is changing the world as we know it. Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Ed...

Who wants to be a special education teacher?

Dr. Mindy McNeal | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Dr. Mindy McNeal

Not me! Or so I thought in 1973 after visiting a special education classroom as part of a senior high school college visit. My best friend and I had d...

Kipp Academy Embraced My Son and his Autism

Erika Sanzi | Posted 06.04.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Sanzi

This piece was written by Natasha Megie-Maddrey and originally ran at the blog Good School Hunting I have four children and as with all children, the...

My Daughter, the Star

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

It was bittersweet watching my friend's daughter take her bow as one of the graduating seniors. Now that she is 21, she is ready to leave the safety of school and join the community as an active member.

4 Steps To Reduce Burnout and Turnover Based on Employee Perspective

Lauren Rabin | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Lauren Rabin

We asked our employees for honest feedback...and it wasn't all good. Here is what we learned. Last month, my organization launched an ongoing proje...

Our Ordinary Lives Raising Children With Extraordinary Needs -- Two Mothers Reflect

Carrie Brennan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Carrie Brennan

People often view our lives as extraordinary, but perhaps they are more ordinary than others realize.

The Danger of the Single Story Is Real in Our Education Debates Too

Erika Sanzi | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns of the "danger of the single story," and while she focuses most on how this impacts our ideas about c...

My Special Dancer

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I run through the list in my head. Dance costume? Check. Jazz shoes? Check. Do I need hairpins? No, this is only the dress rehearsal. I'll get hairpins and hairspray before next week's recital.

Eileen Soon: The future of special education is exciting if we dare to reimagine it

Sriram Krishnan | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Sriram Krishnan

Special education is an integral part of the overall education sector. It's the practice of educating students with special educational needs. Eilee...

Special Ed Teacher Allegedly Made Student Masturbate In Class

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime

A middle school special-education teacher in New York's Long Beach Public Schools outrageously abused disabled students and the district covered it up...

A Mother's Love and Making the Grade

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Motherhood is full of times when you doubt your own instincts. When you wonder if you are pushing your child too hard or not pushing enough. For that one brief moment I knew, really, really, knew that everything we did to help our son achieve what he wanted was worth it.

The Long Reach of Inclusive Education

Todd Grindal | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Across the globe, many students with disabilities face challenges in accessing high-quality education. Longstanding misconceptions exist regarding the capabilities of children with intellectual, physical, sensory, and learning disabilities to benefit from formal education.

Albert Camus and Beyond: Conversations with Eric Andersen and Kerry Fenster, A Really Short Chat with Chris Janson, Plus Michael Kroll, David Nyro and Cave States Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.02.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Eric Andersen Mike Ragogna: Eric, what brought Albert Camus to your attention? Eric Andersen: Oliver Jordan a painter friend of m...

Time to Embrace Moms and Dads of Challenging Kids

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

These kids in the margins with all the complicated labels -- they're growing in numbers. Every day. These parents need each of us, whether we have a challenging kid or not, to lift one another upward, with hearts woven together.

Thank You, Mrs. Lee

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.16.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

In 1971 I was in the first grade and miserable. I was accustomed to getting very positive attention from the adults around me. My teacher, Mrs. Lee, was the first adult I encountered that didn't seem to care for me at all.

Learning to Walk in the Dung

Laura A Boggs | Posted 03.11.2016 | Women
Laura A Boggs

The other day, my high school-aged daughter confessed her loneliness. She has been sitting alone at lunchtime. What heartache! But what beauty in the confiding. I got to tell her I get it. I did not tell her to buck up or that pouting is not becoming.

What do special educators need to succeed?

The Conversation US | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

Elizabeth Bettini, Boston University and Kristin Murphy, University of Massachusetts Boston Why do special educators leave teaching? US Department o...

What All Parents Need to Know About the Release of Information and the California Department of Education

Christine Bronstein | Posted 03.01.2016 | San Francisco
Christine Bronstein

What if your school emailed you that your child was tied to their chair with rope at school, but the school declined to tell you anything more? Well, ...

What Would Sisyphus Do?

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Bonnie Zampino

- by Jeremy Ulderich, Director of Education Consultation and Development with support from Bonnie Zampino In Greek mythology, after leading a life...

18 Tips for Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

The form sent home should say who will be attending. Call if you want to know for sure. You really need to know who will be there so you can be ready for possible confrontations or situations that might arise. Knowing that the special education director for the school district is coming really changes how you prepare.

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

The Difference 20 Years Makes for Children

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.19.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I meet many 20-year-olds on the cusp of aging out of foster care. So many have beaten the odds and are on the path to successful adulthood. Others still struggle to find that path. All have faced trauma, often a lack of education and other hardships that have long-lasting effects.