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This is a blog post that appeared on ASCD’s InService blog, April 19, 2017.  It talks about an article I wrote for the April, 2017 issue of Educational Leadership entitled Neurodiversity:  The Future of Special Education? ”I was a special education teacher for several years back in the 1970s and 1980s.  Although I’d been trained at...
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Today I was in Plymouth, Minnesota, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, to speak to around thirty educators at a workshop on ”Neurodiversity in the Classroom” sponsored by The Grants and Research Office (GRO) of Intermediate School District 287 and Northeast Metro District 916.  We spent the day exploring principles and applications from my ASCD...
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Today I had the great good fortune to work with fifty special educators, administrators, regular classroom teachers, parents, specialists, and others interested in helping students with special needs succeed in the classroom and in life. The workshop was held at the Regency Hotel in Portland, Maine, a beautiful setting (on a lovely day) for exploring a...
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I just finished watching a PBS documentary (part of the POV series) entitled ”Neurotypical”that focused on the lives of a number of people at different stages of life who have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.  I thought the show was a beautiful depiction of the lives of these individuals;  their hopes, fears, loves,...
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A recent interview on the blog Technoccult with neurodiversity advocate Kassiane (she didn't wish to give her last name), highlighted some key points about neurodiversity.  In defining neurodiversity, she made an important distinction between the word and the movement, explaining:  "Neurodiversity, the word, simply means the whole variety of different brain wirings people have…from the different kinds of normal...
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