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Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers

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"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."
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Feds Put Brakes On Special Education Cutbacks

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With a new rule, federal education officials are telling schools not to skimp on funding for special education.
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NIH Resets Study Plans for Down Syndrome

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The new agenda calls for more research on how students with Down syndrome can experience improved learning and memory and participate more in schooling.
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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2014

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Academic journal publisher Routledge-Taylor&Francis has made a collection of articles about dyslexia available for free download from this site.

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iPod, iPad, and Android Apps for College Students: UNH Disability Services for Students

From the University of New Hampshire's Disability Services for Students, a very useful and comprehensive annotated list of note-taking and literacy adaptation apps.

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BARD App for the Blind | News Releases - Library of Congress

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...
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34 Assistive Technology Apps From edshelf

34 Assistive Technology Apps From edshelf | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A collection of assistive technology & software that can be used for students with disabilities, such as Dragon Dictation, iTalk, Moody Me, Quizlet, etc.

Via Patrick Larkin
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CDC Study Finds Autisms Affects 1 in 50 | Education News

CDC Study Finds Autisms Affects 1 in 50 | Education News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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.

 

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An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

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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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Diplomas Count 2015: Next Steps Life After Special Education

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Educations Week's Diplomas Count 2015 features a series of articles on how students transition from Special Education in high school.

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This site has a lot of great resources for students transitioning from Special Education. 

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At the End of Intellectual Disability

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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.
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Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Transition to College -- THE Journal

Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Transition to College -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Although assistive technologies and other supports can help, too few students who need them take advantage once they leave high school. Here's what K-12 schools can do to help.
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Parents struggling to cope as ADHD cases rise

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"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.""

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Maine students with disabilities more likely to be suspended; Lewiston adopting in-house suspensions | Sun Journal

Maine students with disabilities more likely to be suspended; Lewiston adopting in-house suspensions | Sun Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"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."

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Chrome Extension Aids the Visually Impaired

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Chrome Extension Aids the Visually Impaired | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A little something for my Special Education peeps: add this extension to your Chrome browser to help out visually impaired students.

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E-Textbooks Open Up Opportunities For Special Education Students

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Students with special needs can benefit greatly from digital textbooks, from helping the visually impaired to reducing the physical burden of paper books.
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Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports

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"The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights clarified legal obligations Friday for school districts in providing access to sports for students with disabilities."

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Studies Shed Light on 'Twice Exceptional' Students

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Early identification is key for students who are both gifted and learning-disabled, according to experts.
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