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We empower abilities of families with disabilities & health conditions by creating, conducting, & supporting effective programs & services.
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Beautiful Moments

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One of many beautiful moments caught at Mystic Aquarium's Free Night for families with Autism & SPD by Sensations Charitable Foundation and Synergy Center.

- all rights reserved for sole use by Sensations Charitable Foundation, Inc. - photography taken by Jeffrey Blayman

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UDL Exchange - Sharing UDL Lessons and Resources

UDL Exchange - Sharing UDL Lessons and Resources | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it

Welcome to the CAST UDL Exchange!


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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CAST's approach to universally design learning now offers the opportunity for education leaders to SHARE. True synergy to maximize impact.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 11, 2013 2:30 PM

CAST has announced the release of the UDL Exchange, a free website community that enables educators to create, mix, and share lesson plans and other teaching resources based on universal design for learning principles and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Discover lesson plans that address the variability of all learners!

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Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it

"The central question of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) surrounds the idea of barriers to learning: Is the child “disabled”? Or, could we more accurately say that many of our school environments are disabling to children?

 

We understand, through UDL, that environments can disable learning and the significance of identifying and eliminating barriers to access. Further, we understand that children whose learning is obstructed by the environment, can sometimes behave in challenging ways. CPS takes this one step more, encouraging teachers to recognize that even children with no physical or cognitive barriers to learning, may struggle with emotional barriers. These may be difficult to identify at times, but identifying and collaboratively addressing these barriers is as essential to our work as it is to ensure that children can work within their preferred learning style, or have access to assistive technologies. This doesn’t mean that the demands of the environment are wrong – “no hitting” is a fair and realistic rule, for instance – simply that some children don’t have the skills to abide by these expectations and that preparing them to do so is a teaching task, not a task of punishment.

 

If we believe (and I do), that children who fail to be engaged in school work and learning are in some way disabled by their environments, then I feel we must believe the same of behaviour. Rather than labeling children with unkind and unhelpful descriptors such as “unmotivated” or “defiant”, we need to see challenging behaviours as expressions of an inability to meet the demands of the environment."

 

Katia Reid asks: "Do you see the same relationship to UDL that I am seeing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!"


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Principal dd's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:45 PM

What a perfect lead-in / intro to a staff meeting discussion around inclusion and integration with adaptations! Katia Reid puts it in perfect 'focus' from a perspective we can all appreciate:

 

"Sitting in a large lecture theatre for a presentation that I was attending voluntarily, I reached into my purse for my glasses and realized I had forgotten them at home. The lecture was two hours long and although my hearing is fine, being within a visual fog that made it impossible to see the lecturer was frustrating. After a while, I gave up trying to listen, and I took out my cell phone instead." 


How many of us experience this scenario on similar levels ... yet we know there are students in every classroom experiencing this same scenario. They're usually the easist to identify ... they 'self-identify' through inappropriate behaviour! 

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I Want A New Drug | Playground Dad

I Want A New Drug | Playground Dad | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Huey Lewis sang about it and now we have it. Smartphones and social media; the drug of a new generation.
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Disabilities and Kids Exercise

Disabilities and Kids Exercise | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
If getting kids to exercise is a challenge, working with a disabled child can sometimes be even more challenging. But, depending on the type of disability, there are various opportunities to making sure a child with disabilities is physically active.
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Autism Moms Have Stress Similar To Combat Soldiers - Disability Scoop

Autism Moms Have Stress Similar To Combat Soldiers - Disability Scoop | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
These moms cope with chronic stress, frequent fatigue and work interruptions, research finds.
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Massive Balloon-Filled Rooms Turn Adults Into Kids Again

Massive Balloon-Filled Rooms Turn Adults Into Kids Again | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Contemporary art doesn't get much more fun than this!
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September 21: World Gratitude Day

September 21: World Gratitude Day | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
The world in which we live is plagued by plenty of hardships and negativity. Throughout our hectic day to day routines it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important and to take for granted the little things.
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SpecialEdPost — Three Children, Three Disabilities

SpecialEdPost — Three Children, Three Disabilities | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Becky Kenyon has three children with three different disabilities — the odds of which are one in nine million — but refuses to call herself unlucky.
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Meaning Making: Promoting Deep Understanding of Content

Meaning Making: Promoting Deep Understanding of Content | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Meaning making is one of the of the phases of the Flipped Classroom: The Full Classroom. During this phase, learners work towards gaining a deep meaning of the content; an understanding that goes b...
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Postgraduation for Special Needs Students | District Administration Magazine

Postgraduation for Special Needs Students | District Administration Magazine | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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8 Ways Google Glasses Will Change Education | Edudemic

8 Ways Google Glasses Will Change Education | Edudemic | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Stretching the mindset of education....
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Adaptive Sport and Recreation: Adaptive Sports and Recreation Breakdown Sept 9, 2012

Adaptive Sport and Recreation: Adaptive Sports and Recreation Breakdown Sept 9, 2012 | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Resources, News, & Reviews Galore from the world of Adaptive Sports to you. Great work Rob - @adaptivsportrec
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Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year: Conner and Cayden Long (OFFICIAL)

See the inspiring story of brothers Conner and Cayden Long, who were the recipients of Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year award. Although Ca...
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We will only get ahead in life by playing together, working together, and helping each other.  Take a look and imagine the ripple effects if everyone approached life as Conner and Cayden do each day.

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Artistic Expression And Creativity In Special Education

Artistic Expression And Creativity In Special Education | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Do you remember how you felt the first time you created something of your own? My students with disabilities deserve to have that same experience. An arts-based approach to instruction will...
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Anne McGraw Reeves: Joking about disabilities isn't funny - PennLive.com

Anne McGraw Reeves: Joking about disabilities isn't funny - PennLive.com | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
PennLive.comAnne McGraw Reeves: Joking about disabilities isn't funny. One of my daughter's favorite college courses this year examines depictions of disabilities in popular culture.
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School Uses Facebook Timeline To Teach History - PSFK

School Uses Facebook Timeline To Teach History - PSFK | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Amsterdam school, 4e Gymnasium, uses the social network's feature to chronologically document major historical events.
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Apps by IEP Goals/Skills | Technology in (Spl) Education

Apps by IEP Goals/Skills | Technology in (Spl) Education | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
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America's Problem: How the World is "Beating Us" in a Battle We Don't Necessarily Want to Win - Undeferred Living: The Blog of Graham Mumm

America's Problem: How the World is "Beating Us" in a Battle We Don't Necessarily Want to Win - Undeferred Living: The Blog of Graham Mumm | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
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Models of Diversity demands more diversity and wants to see more disability in advertising.

Models of Diversity demands more diversity and wants to see more disability in advertising. | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Models of Diversity / Disability Campaign Hello, With London 2012 Olympics such a success eyes turn to the Paralympic Games and there’s no better time for Models of Diversity to highlight the...
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Should Teachers Be Allowed to Sell Their Lesson Plans?

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Sell Their Lesson Plans? | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
A Georgia kindergarten teacher has made more than $1 million selling her lesson plans online for around $9 a pop. Can U.S schools crowdsource their way to better student performance?
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Are You a Happy Parent? - Patch.com

Are You a Happy Parent? - Patch.com | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Are You a Happy Parent? The topic of happiness and parenting kept coming up in conversations I was having lately, and it made me stop and ask myself...
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Learning and Play - US News and World Report

Learning and Play - US News and World Report | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Researcher studies children’s unstructured playtime.
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Educators: Personalize Your Professional Development | Edudemic

Educators: Personalize Your Professional Development | Edudemic | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
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The Lesson of the Tree | Playground Dad

The Lesson of the Tree | Playground Dad | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
What do trees teach us? You have a choice.....Flex for yourself. Flex for your children. Because if we don't bend we B R E A K.
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Autism and Bullying in Time Yields Harsh Comments - AGE OF AUTISM

Autism and Bullying in Time Yields Harsh Comments - AGE OF AUTISM | Empowering Abilities | Scoop.it
Time Magazine ran an article on why autistic students are targets for bullies. Our kids lives are tough enough - whether they have full blown preverbal autism or Asperger's and an IQ of 150. A friend of mine with an...
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