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Universal Design for Learning
The very first category that C.A.S.T., the Universal Design for Learning clearinghouse, describes as a way of constructing environments for variable learning is:  (1.1) ”Offer Ways of Customizing Display of Information.”  We can see the wide range of possibilities available, for example, when customizing the reading of text within Microsoft Word.  Here are 15 ways...
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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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On April 4, 2014, I’ll be doing a full-day workshop for Transdisciplinary Workshops at the Regency Hotel, in Portland, Maine.  Here is a description of the workshop: The Power of Neurodiversity:  Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain (and Your Children and Students’ Brains Too!)  Neurodiversity is a revolutionary new concept that suggests we...
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Recently, a former music teacher told me about a 1st grade student with Asperger’s syndrome who, on their first encounter, announced in no uncertain terms: “I hate music!” Over the next two years, the student used abusive language, had meltdowns, and was physically aggressive toward his peers. Finally, the teacher scheduled some individual time with...
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I have an article in the April 9, 2013 online issue of Education Week Teacher entitled:  ”7 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special Needs Students.”  In the article, I share the experience of a music teacher who had a young student with Asperger’s syndrome in her class who said he hated music and...
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