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High school valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to Towson University and is autistic

High school valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to Towson University and is autistic | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Montel Medley, 17, a graduate of the Surrattsville Autism Program, plans to attend Towson University in the fall
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Sweethearts with Down syndrome to wed 30 years after meeting   - News - TODAY.com

Austin Underwood says he has loved his fiancée, Jessica Smith, since they were 4 years old, when their mothers met at a support group for...
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One Last Boston Marathon For Legendary Father-Son Team

One Last Boston Marathon For Legendary Father-Son Team | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
The 2014 Boston Marathon will be the final one for Dick and Rick Hoyt, who've competed in the event since 1981. This year they are racing for the victims of last year's bombing.
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They are truly amazing!

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High School Senior with Down Syndrome Goes to Prom with ‘Big Crush’

High School Senior with Down Syndrome Goes to Prom with ‘Big Crush’ | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Many young girls dream of going to prom with the high school hunk, but Stephanie Kaye actually got the chance to dance the night away with hers!
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People With Disabilities Impetus For New Teaching Hotel - Disability Scoop

People With Disabilities Impetus For New Teaching Hotel - Disability Scoop | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Construction is set to begin on a first-of-its-kind hotel where teaching and employing people with disabilities will be just as important as accommodating
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The Inside Story: The Brampton bakery that’s shattering stigmas

The Inside Story: The Brampton bakery that’s shattering stigmas | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
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Kyle Gablenz's curator insight, June 1, 2014 7:41 PM

In this video the narrator tells the story about Christina and her  cupcake shop that has inspired many people. Christina is a little girl who was born with down syndrome, when she was born the doctors told her parents to not expect much from her. They also told her parents that she wouldn't get a good job like a doctor or a lawyer. But instead of listening to what the doctors said her parents decided to expect the very best from her. So to give Christina a chance her mother, Mary built a cupcake shop for Christina so she can work there and feel normal and not be treated differently. Mary also create this shop so she can take the stigma away from disabilities like down syndrome or autism. It's also not just Christina working there too there is also five other employees working there who have  either down syndrome or autism. This cupcake shop hasn't been opened for a long time but it has already inspired many people.

 

Throughout this semester we have learned a lot in religion. Something I have learned in this class is inclusion, this video has displayed inclusion very clearly. Inclusion is the action or state of being included in a group, and this video is a great example of what inclusion is. This video relates to what i have learned this semester about inclusion because instead of not expecting much from her daughter she gets her to reach her full potential by working in the cupcake shop. This video also shows inclusion because Mary includes all these kids who have different disabilities. She includes the kids by  getting them to help her at her business . I also think this video demonstrates one of the characteristics of a christian relationship. I think Mary displays we challenge each other individual to become better than they are. I think  Mary displays this characteristic by challenging the kids with disabilities to reach their full potential.

 

Mary may have been told that Christina wouldn't amount to much, but instead of treating her like she was different then others she got her too reach her full potential. This probably helped Christina a lot because she can learn a lot by working in a store and it can make her smarter. I also think that Mary having Christina has inspired her to make her cupcake shop, which has made the stigma on disabilities like down syndrome  a lot smaller. Overall I think Mary including all of these kids has has helped bring awareness about some of these disabilities up and has also brought the stigma of these disabilities down.  

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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - There is No Room for Exclusion

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - There is No Room for Exclusion | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
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12-year-old builds low-cost Lego braille printer

12-year-old builds low-cost Lego braille printer | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
A seventh grader's science fair project turns into a quest to develop a customizable low-cost printer for the blind. Read this article by Amanda Kooser on CNET.
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Missing hand not a disability to basketball star

Missing hand not a disability to basketball star | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
A high school basketball player in Chicago is making a name for himself despite having just one hand.
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New local innovations for the blind by the blind

New local innovations for the blind by the blind | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
There's more to believing than seeing: we look at several local entrepreneurs who are creating new products designed to enhance the social experiences of those with vision impairments.
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Duracell: Trust Your Power - NFL's Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks - YouTube

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10-Year-Old Petitions American Girl For Doll With A Disability

10-Year-Old Petitions American Girl For Doll With A Disability | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
A bright and adorable 10-year-old is petitioning the American Girl brand to name a doll with a disability as its 2015 "Girl of the Year" because "disabled girls are American girls too," she says.
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Man With Down Syndrome Gets THE BEST Christmas Surprise

Man With Down Syndrome Gets THE BEST Christmas Surprise | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Elliot Shirback had just one wish for Christmas. The 25-year-old, who has Down syndrome, wanted 100 Christmas cards.
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A reminder that simple is sometimes better...and the power of social media.

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Learning Disabilities in the News

Learning Disabilities in the News | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Stay up to date on learning disabilities news and LD resources on LD.org, the website of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
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MI woman with Down syndrome earns college degree, despite adversity | WGMB Fox44 | Baton Rouge

MI woman with Down syndrome earns college degree, despite adversity | WGMB Fox44 | Baton Rouge | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Baton Rouge News, Weather and Entertainment from WGMB Fox44.com. Your news, weather, sports and entertainment source for Baton Rouge.
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IRun4 Lets Runners Dedicate Their Workouts to Disabled People

IRun4 Lets Runners Dedicate Their Workouts to Disabled People | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
IRun4 matches runners and athletes with disabled children and adults. The runner sends photos and messages to the person they're running for, motivating themselves to work harder and making their buddy feel special in the process.
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Eye gaze technology gives a voice to non-verbal speaker

Eye gaze technology gives  a voice to non-verbal speaker | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
A panelist at last week’s Farms and Ranches Enabling people with Disabilities (FRED) Conference spoke about how soon parents should start preparing their developmentally disabled children for adulthood, which provided a powerful perspective. But the fact that the speaker is 11 years old is only part of his amazing story.
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LOVE that this journalist "gets it right" in word choice for the title!

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Sisters crowned national champs for heart-warming dance routine

Sisters crowned national champs for heart-warming dance routine | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Gracie, 9, who uses a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis, has been dancing for years with her sister at a studio near Louisville, Ky.
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Awesome!

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Philadelphia 76ers Sign Special Needs High Schooler to Two-Day ...

Philadelphia 76ers Sign Special Needs High Schooler to Two-Day ... | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
After going viral with his NBA Jam-like performance, special needs high schooler Kevin Grow signs a two-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - I Run For Levi, Who Do YOU Run For?

Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block: #JDAMblogs - I Run For Levi, Who Do YOU Run For? | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
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I run for Levi!

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Lisa Friedman's curator insight, February 17, 2014 6:40 PM

“God gave me the gift of mobility. Others aren't as fortunate so I Run for Michael, who do YOU run for?” I RUN FOR LEVI!

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Boy With No Friends Scores Over A Million 'Likes' - Disability Scoop

Boy With No Friends Scores Over A Million 'Likes' - Disability Scoop | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
When a Michigan boy with special needs said he didn't want a birthday party because he had no friends, his mom turned to Facebook and found him more than a million supporters.
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High school student suspended after defending special needs classmate from bullies

High school student suspended after defending special needs classmate from bullies | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
Educators in Texas are coming under fire for suspending a high school senior who came to the aid of a special needs friend being bullied by another student.
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Danny, 6-year-old teased: Band of elementary schoolmates rally around boy to stop teasing

Danny, 6-year-old teased: Band of elementary schoolmates rally around boy to stop teasing | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
After the group of fifth-grade football players from Massachusetts found out their 6-year-old water boy was being teased for his attire and speech, they played great defense and showed him their support.
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We need more of this!

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Gail Peters's curator insight, January 16, 2014 10:28 AM

Let's encourage all of our children to step up and respect every child as unique and worthy.

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Truly Including Children with Special Needs – Special Gifts Theatre - ChicagoNow (blog)

Truly Including Children with Special Needs – Special Gifts Theatre - ChicagoNow (blog) | Inspiring stories in Special Education and Disabilities | Scoop.it
ChicagoNow (blog) Truly Including Children with Special Needs – Special Gifts Theatre ChicagoNow (blog) One of the most painful parts of having a grandchild with special needs is watching the child I love struggle to “fit in.” I have written...
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