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Intellectual Disabilities
Yesterday there was a segment on MSNBC (part of NOW with Alex Wagner) that focused on neurodiversity as the next civil rights movement.  The focus was on one school in New York, The IDEAL School of Manhattan,which supports full inclusion of students with disabilities into the mainstream, and cultivates an attitude among all students of embracing...
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The rapid pace of new educational technologies has made it so that students with special needs can accomplish many things that were difficult or even impossible for them only a few years ago. The following list contains some of the best apps I’ve seen for kids with neurodiversities in communication, reading, sociability, attention, and behavior. Dragon...
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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 I did an online chat (text-based), which was sponsored by Education Week Teacher, and moderated by Associate Editor Liana Heitin.  Basically the way it worked was, people from around the country (and the world, too, I think) sent in questions that everyone could see in a window on their browser, and then I’d answer...
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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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