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On May 19, 2013 I attended graduation ceremonies at Berkshire Hills Music Academy (BHMA) in South Hadley, Massachusetts.  BHMA provides post-secondary education to young adults with developmental disabilities who have special interests and abilities in music.  This year there were eight graduates of BHMA’s  two-year certificate program (they also have summer programs, and an extended learning community program).  Students take...
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March 16-17, 2013, I attended the ASCD National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.   On March 16, I did a book signing for my latest book with ASCD, Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life (see photo of me and Lindsey Smith, the ASCD graphic artist who designed...
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I just completed two one-day workshops on “Neurodiversity in the Classroom:  A Revolutionary Concept in Special Education,” for educators in the Albany, New York area, March 13-14, 2013.  The March 13th workshop was comprised of 200 educators who were part of Capital District Beginnings, a service agency that provides a wide array of special education and therapy services to...
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On March 16, 2013, from 5:00-6:30 CST,  I’ll be in Chicago doing a presentation at the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference,  entitled:  “First, Discover Their Strengths: Success Strategies for Students with Special Needs.”   Some of the topics I’ll cover in this 90 minute session include: Strengths Awareness:tools that will enable you as an educator to identify the strengths of...
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Today’s edition of Education Week,  education’s news site of record, contains a Commentary piece that I wrote on the importance of valuing the strengths of students with special needs.  In the article I write about my experience as a special education teacher almost forty years ago, and the disillusionment I felt when I realized that special...
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