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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.

The Special Education Graduation Gap

Todd Grindal | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Todd Grindal

Lost in all of the discussion about these new graduation numbers is recognition that graduation rates for students with disabilities remain abysmal.

The Future of Title I - 2040

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When you get to a certain age, you find increasing evidence that you've been yammering on the same topics for a very long time, usually to no great benefit. I just made one of those discoveries. Going through some old publications, I found a 1991 article I wrote on the future of Title I.

Education For Children With Disabilities Is A Global Right

Shirin D. Antia | Posted 12.21.2015 | Education
Shirin D. Antia

Even when children with disabilities receive an education they are unlikely to receive an inclusive education, attending and learning in the same classrooms side-by-side with their typically learning, hearing, and sighted peers.

How School Systems Create *That* Parent for Children in Special Education

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.15.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

Demanding. Annoying. Angry. Unrealistic. Unreasonable. Every teacher, principal, and school district administrator knows *that* parent. In special ed...

Tearing Down Barriers Through Television

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Culture plays a critical role in our society. It contributes to the values and ideals that define us, and what we desire to share with our families, f...

Letter to the NEA: On the "Chronically Tarded and Medically Annoying"

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Leigh Merryday

Recently, a speech by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia on what teachers are expected to do each day flooded social media. While many shared the clip and applauded some of its excellent points, it didn't take long for outrage to set in.

Every Student Should Succeed Under the New Law -- Even Those Denied Special Education

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.08.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

My personal belief is that making a profit in education is intrinsically wrong. If a program is great and saves money, shouldn't the children be the total beneficiaries of the profit? I'm sure there are many better uses for the money than paying large dividends to investors.

Friend Or Associate

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 12.03.2015 | Women
Sophia Williams-Baugh

So...I've always wondered, "what is a friend?" How is a friend supposed to act? How do they interact with each other? How much time do they spend toge...

A for Effort

Curtis Rogers | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

It's hard to read with tears in your eyes. I thought the number at the top of Charlie's spelling test was a 78 but I wasn't sure because I was crying....

Teachers, Don't Make Me Be *That* Parent

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

Most parents want to be understanding, supportive, and liked by their children's teachers. They don't want to be branded as complainers, pushy, or demanding. In short, they want to be nice. Unfortunately, being nice can end up hurting the person who matters most, their child.

Abilities - Society Benefits When Everyone Can Participate

Debra Ruh | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Debra Ruh

The world is changing and evolving. This is the time to truly embrace each person in society and allow them to tap into their abilities. Disabilities are not a tragedy; they are a normal part of life. Persons with Disabilities should not be considered charity cases, someone to pity.

The Illusion of Inclusion: How We Are Failing Students with Learning Disabilities

Jessica R. Toste | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Jessica R. Toste

We are now in an era where many schools endorse and embrace the goal of full inclusion for students with disabilities. And undoubtedly, inclusion is key to obtaining educational and social equity.

Let Your Advocacy Voice Be Heard

Marla Murasko | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Marla Murasko

A lot of people are comfortable in the "online" space, but I'm here to tell you to let your advocacy message have a voice, have a face! Above you see me doing a presentation about Down Syndrome Awareness and Inclusion to my son's class.

How A Special Ed Teacher's Simple Idea Is Making A Big Difference

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Parents

Here's proof that an idea doesn't have to be complicated to go a long way. Just ask special education teacher Sadie Guthrie. A video from SoulPancake&...

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 11.10.2015 | 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
XPRIZE

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.