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My Deaf and Blind Daughter Beat the Odds Because I Expected Her To

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

All of this is why moments of academic achievement in the life of a child categorized as deaf-blind by school districts, a child a kindergarten teacher once called "unteachable" to my face, is worthy of a party.

Why Aren't More People of Color Labeled 'Gifted'? Unlocking the Genius in All of Us

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Students (young and older) respond to instruction in the way that is expected of them. If taught as if they are slow, students will conform to that perception. Imagine what would happen if we treated all students, from the earliest years through their post-secondary studies, as if there were geniuses inside, simply waiting for recognition.

Your IEP Team Doesn't Hate Your Kid

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Beth J. Caldwell

I can't even begin to count all the parents I spoke to over the years who were convinced that the special education staff at their school hated their child. The parents would ask for something that they believed their child desperately needed, but the staff would refuse to do it, or fail to do it.

5 Things You Need to Know When You Become a Special Needs Parent

Meredith McGee | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Meredith McGee

There's no pamphlet they hand out with tips for the newly-minted special needs parent. Here are a few things from my experience that I think you should know:

3 Big Wins for Special Education in 2014

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The way that K-12 learners are taught is in rapid flux, particularly when it comes to students in special education programs. These are the students that need the most help and support and the ones where a push for higher parental involvement does not always bridge the academic gap.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

How I Went From a Special Education Reading and Writing Class to a No. 1 Bestselling Author By 22

Tom Ayling | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Ayling

You have the ability to do anything you wish, but you must first examine your true beliefs about achieving these things. If there are limiting beliefs holding you back, they must be replaced with empowering beliefs.

My Special Needs Princess and the Dreaded Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Tears I had no time for started to fall freely. I gave myself two minutes and then made myself stop. I knew my 9-year-old's bus would be here soon. I found the form in a box I use for all the things I don't want to face and set it out on the table so I could fill it out once he got home.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Wants To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

Joy Resmovits

This Is How The White House Hopes To Improve Education For Incarcerated Students With Disabilities

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same righ...

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.

Why We Should Stop Worrying if Other People Like Our Kids

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Lisa Abeyta

It is not our job to make our kids likable by conforming to others' expectations but to help them blossom within their own uniqueness. Think about that.

3 Things You Should Know About Learning Disabilities

Karem Ensley | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Karem Ensley

Many people associate learning disabilities with low intelligence, laziness, lack of success, and not being able to learn. Sadly, the people who make these associations include the very children and adults that have been diagnosed with a learning disability.

My School Found a Way to Make Students With Disabilities Feel Included

Tom Ledcke | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Tom Ledcke

Social inclusion is the next major step in realizing an education dream that promises to serve every child equally.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Were Falling Through The Cracks When It Came To Bullying

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

When a 10-year-old student with ADHD and a speech disability talks in a high-pitched voice, gym class can become a nightmare. Other students call him ...

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

Jessica's Haven & Rescue: Special People, Special Dogs

Maggie Sergio | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Maggie Sergio

What has evolved is an educational program that works with the local community, and across the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica's Haven & Rescue has a vocational skills training program that operates four days a week in addition to rescuing and finding homes for unwanted dogs.

Dyslexia Action: Denied and Delayed

Kyle Redford | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

It is time that we, as educators, take the knowledge, tools, and research that already exists and use it all to support our academically vulnerable, but intellectually able, dyslexic students so they can achieve their potential.

What's the Bigger Issue: The Symptom or the Sufferer?

Kate Byrne | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

These attitudes have improved over the past 10-15 years. But not too much and certainly not enough. We may no longer always send those afflicted with mental health issues to a four-wall asylum, but the societal asylum is worse.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

My Wife Went Back to School for a Special Education Teaching Credential and We've Got Loads of Sallie Mae Debt Now

Steve Rhode | Posted 11.22.2014 | Money
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, My wife has $38k in new student loans for a Special Education Teaching Credential, the loan is through S...

Please Segregate My Special Needs Child

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Inclusion is a wonderful idea, and should always be the goal whenever it is reasonable. But inclusion must not be treated as an inflexible ideology.

My Child Can't be Defined By A Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The other day I was in the middle of my morning routine of packing snacks, reminding people to wear underwear and ordering them to brush their teeth when I happened to see it, my special needs daughter's red take home folder.

New Report by AbilityPath Helps Families With Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Special Needs

Alexis Wineman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Alexis Wineman

While I am thankful my family and I were able to successfully navigate the transition into adulthood after high school graduation, it wasn't without its challenges.