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Autism Spectrum Disorders
I’m seriously concerned that the schools aren’t doing enough (change that:  aren’t doing anything!) to prepare students on the autism spectrum for a range of careers that are beginning to open up for them in the workplace.  So much of recent educational ”reform” has been about preparing our students to be college and career-ready.  If this...
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The October 8, 2013 online edition of the Wall Street Journal included an article entitled ”Training Program Helps Students With Autism Land Jobs” by Carolyn Geer.   In the article, Ms. Geer examines how training programs for students identified as autistic are now starting to focus on their strengths, and are matching strengths to workplace needs...
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This week, a new daily online publication has appeared that promises to be a magnificent porthole into the wide world of neurodiversity, autism, creativity, and the arts.  The Art of Autism online newsletter officially launched on September 10, 2013, and immediately received a ”shout-out” on Twitter from the person that I consider the ”godfather of neurodiversity,”...
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Today we have a guest post from educational therapist Diana Kennedy.  I connected with her through LinkedIn, and was inspired by her blog post about a student with Fragile X syndrome that she has worked with as first, a special education teacher, and later, as an educational therapist.   Diana’s business is Mindspark – Custom Learning...
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It is part of federal law that students with special needs should have their strengths identified and described in their IEPs (IDEA 2004 Section 1414(d)(3)(A)).   And yet, when I search the special education literature online, I find virtually nothing dedicated to identifying strengths in these students. If a student is having difficulty in school,...
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