In honor of National Special Education Day, we have curated a list of important lessons learned from working with Special Ed students. You’ll find wisdom from educators, authors and special needs advocates around the web, including members of the Teacher2Teacher Twitter community.
Intellectual disability is not science. It is a culturally agreed upon lens that insidiously Photoshops select scenes of an individual’s life, the dataset so to speak, into a particular frame. The predictive veracity of the hypothesis exists only in that people so cast commonly find themselves bounded in social arenas bereft of real opportunity or possibility.
"The demand for services occurs as more people are diagnosed with ADHD. Researchers say about 2 million more children and adolescents were diagnosed in 2011, compared with 2003. Experts attribute the surge to better tools to identify the disorder and recognition by pediatricians of tell-tale symptoms — risk-taking, hyperactivity and distraction — as much more than "kids being kids.""
"Students with disabilities in Maine’s largest cities are much more likely to be suspended from school than their classmates without disabilities, an education expert said this week.
Daniel Losen, director of University of California-Los Angeles’ Center for Civil Rights Remedies, said that trend follows national statistics and carries troublesome implications in terms of future dropout and incarceration rates."
There are broader issues as well — not just for reporters but for teachers, parents, administrators, even the United States Supreme Court. The words we use and the ways we refer to people mirror — and shape — our perceptions, our attitudes, our behavior.
"When [co-teaching] is really, really strong, it is clear that there are two different teachers with two types of expertise," said Marilyn Friend, a co-teaching guru who has studied collaboration for decades and provided professional development to schools and districts around the country. Co-Teaching Models Professional development for co-teaching has focused on a handful of models that general and special educators can use to meet the needs of diverse learners in one classroom. Each model offers benefits and drawbacks.
Source: Co-teaching: Concepts, Practices, and Logistics, by Marilyn Friend And when it's not strong? "You might as well keep pulling kids out [of the classroom]," said Ms. Friend, a professor emerita of education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "Because they're not going to get what they need."
People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped...
This study doesn't necessarily mean that we have more autistic kids than ever before, just that we are better at diagnosing them. The study I'd like to see is how many educators know how to work with autistic kids.
The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter, in response to a tweet she wrote on October 22.
I usually try to stay away from politics here and they are not my motivation for sharing this piece. I just think this man's letter is stunning and he is a great role model, especially, but certainly not exclusively, for your students with special needs.
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