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A look into a little bit of everything, anything and everything that has to do with disabilities in todays modern society, views, thoughts, ideas, sucesses, failures and issues in special education.
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Best Buddies International

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A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental...
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You have to read this! This is simply an amazing organization!!

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More kids diagnosed with mental health disabilities - WDAM-TV

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More kids diagnosed with mental health disabilities
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SUNDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- Significantly more U.S. children have a neurodevelopmental or mental health disability than did a decade ago, according to new research.
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why do you think this is the way it is, before you read. you'd be amazed.

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Health News - Parents of children with a disability under twice as ...

UQ's lead researcher on the project and Triple P founder Professor Matt Sanders said it was no surprise parents of children with special needs were in distress. “Children with disabilities have three to four times more ...

Via Center for Accessible Living NKY
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From personal experience, I can say that everything said in this article is true.

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The man with the golden brain

What’s the point of a brain? A fundamental question that has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement.

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Why is the brain useful? This article was very useful for me. It got me thinking of things that I would never have thought about on my own.

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Blooms Taxonomy According to Seinfeld

The 6 Levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, as demonstrated through various episodes of Seinfeld.

Via Giovanni Perteghella, Brenda Quinlan
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Great way to demonstrate Bloom's Taxonomy that's not out of a textbook :)

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Brenda Quinlan's curator insight, March 9, 2013 1:49 AM

Wonderful presentation and also shows how Seinfeld can be used texplaining everything.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 8:25 PM

For a show about nothing, they certainly said something. 

James J. Goldsmith's comment, March 20, 2013 12:27 PM
Who ever said that Bloom couldn't be fun!
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Nanomaterials offer hope for cerebral palsy

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Rabbits with brain injuries hop again after treatment with dendrimers.

Via Amanda Stoel
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This is insane. I love the fact that they're working on something to help those in pain, and that they're seeing actual results from the rabbits.

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Children with brain lesions able to use gestures important to language learning

Children with brain lesions suffered before or around the time of birth are able to use gestures -- an important aspect of the language learning process -- to convey simple sentences.

Via Amanda Stoel
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This article reminded me of the time we visited Penfield school and the children would point at what they wanted to eat to their teacher without speaking.

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For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution

For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution | Special EDucation | Scoop.it

The benefits of bookshare! 


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Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Understand the Language of Friendship

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Kids with learning disabilities sometimes struggle in social situations. Here's advice on helping your child avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.


Via Heather Peretz
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I think this article was very imformative and it will help you learn how to talk to a child with a disability without sounding mean or making them think what you're saying is something bad, it lets you know that body language as well as the way you speak the words is important.

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Shelby Mota's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:12 PM

This article gives good communication skills on how to develop a healthy friendship.

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Bullies Target Kids with Autism, Survey Finds

Bullies Target Kids with Autism, Survey Finds | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
Kids with autism are three times as likely as their siblings to be bullied.
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This is sickening and I am speechles...

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Cerebral Palsy

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Check out this article to learn what cerebral palsy is, what causes it, what life is like for kids with this condition, and more.
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Cerebral palsy is a disease that affects and makes it difficult for people with it to do the "easy" necessary every day stuff. The side effects vary, a child might be in a wheelchair or a child may not be able to talk at all. In this article you explore what cerebral palsy is and the various different types.

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Rose Mes's curator insight, November 1, 2015 8:22 PM

Another informational site but its unique because you can choose to listen if you are not able to read.

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IEP Misconceptions | Confusion About Individualized Education Program - NCLD

IEP Misconceptions | Confusion About Individualized Education Program - NCLD | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
IEP expert and NCLD Public Policy Director Laura Kaloi sheds light on five misconceptions parents often have about IEPs. For example? There are no IEPs in college!
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Top 5 misconceptions regarding IEP's. Parents with children who have disabilities need to read these, it can help better understand your role in your child's education!

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Do those with disabilities have a right to work? - phillyBurbs.com

Do those with disabilities have a right to work? - phillyBurbs.com | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
Do those with disabilities have a right to work?
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These workers with disabilities deserve more than sub-minimum wage, tucked away from the community and competitive employment, the state claims.
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YES!!! They are not aliens! Those with disabilities are human beings and of course they should have the right to work just like all of us!! Especially if they want to and enjoy their job like the person mentioned in this article.

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Parents fight for reinstatement of MRU disabilities studies program - CTV News

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CTV News Parents fight for reinstatement of MRU disabilities studies program CTV News Parents, students and faculty members are pleading with the Mount Royal University board of governors to rethink its decision to suspend a two year disabilities...
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Great video and I agree w the cause.

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Students with Intellectual Disabilities Complete FUTURE Program, a First for UT - Tennessee Today

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Complete FUTURE Program, a First for UT - Tennessee Today | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
Students with Intellectual Disabilities Complete FUTURE Program, a First for UT Tennessee Today Schlandt, 21, of Clinton, Tennessee, and seven other students with intellectual disabilities and autism have completed FUTURE and will earn a...
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awesome!!

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Disabilities in ON

The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program helps parents with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.

Via Velvet Martin
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For the parents who are struggling to take care of their children with disabilities.

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Musical brain patterns could help predict epileptic seizures

New insights into the electrical patterns of the brain reveal how brain waves with rapidly increasing frequencies, like musical 'glissandi,' could help predict when a patient is going to start an epileptic seizure.

Via Amanda Stoel
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I thought this was a great method to try and predict epileptic seizures before they occured, of course you would need to have all the materials you need readily available.

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New Law Promotes Respect for Those with Intellectual Disabilities

New Law Promotes Respect for Those with Intellectual Disabilities | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
President Obama signs Rosa's Law, named for an 8-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, changing the term mental retardation to intellectual disability.

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This article was about a law that changed the words: Mental Retardation to Intellectual Disabilities when you refer to those with disabilities. Def. a good thing!

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Smartphone training helps people with memory impairment regain independence

The treatment for moderate-to-severe memory impairment could one day include a prescription for a smartphone.

Via Amanda Stoel
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I think this is pretty cool and since almost everyone has a smartphone nowadays it shouldn't be that big of an issue.

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50 Must-See Blogs For Special Education Teachers | Edudemic

50 Must-See Blogs For Special Education Teachers | Edudemic | Special EDucation | Scoop.it

These blogs are written by teachers and educational professionals who share their ideas, tips, tools, and advice for working with special education students.


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This blog is amazing, everything there is to know is pretty much in here! Extremely useful and I will definitely use.

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Alicia Milanowski's comment, May 7, 2013 8:32 PM
This is truly helpful! I plan to go into special education so this will be extremely beneficial asset to have as a teacher. You have some very interesting posts but above all, this will be the most helpful because it is hearing from the teachers in the field themselves!
Sara Hocamp's comment, May 7, 2013 11:56 PM
I love this! This will be so helpful when I have my own classroom. It is very beneficial to hear teachers stories and advice. As new teachers, we can learn from people who have been doing this a little longer than we have! :)
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Barnes & Noble's Nook For iOS Enters New Chapter In Assistive Technology -- AppAdvice

Barnes & Noble's Nook For iOS Enters New Chapter In Assistive Technology -- AppAdvice | Special EDucation | Scoop.it

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an e-reading app in possession of accessibility features must be good for visually impaired users.


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I think this is pretty cool, especially for those who love to read but sometimes can't due to visual impairments.

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Beachfront Wheelchair Ramp a Hit

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About 30 handicapped students who tried out a new wheelchair ramp at Ventura's Harbor Cove Beach on Wednesday found the 200-foot trek from the parking lot to the water's edge is now a...
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Amazing!! :-)

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Individualized Education Plan for Cerebral Palsy Patients

Individualized Education Plan for Cerebral Palsy Patients | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be helpful in the learning progression of a cerebral palsy patient. Learn more about IEPs at the Cerebral Palsy Source.
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If you had any questions or doubts about IEP's, I found this article to be extremely helpful, especially for those trying to figure out how to layout an IEP for a child with cerebral palsy, for these kids you need to set measureable goals that you know the child will be able to achieve.

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Rose Mes's curator insight, November 1, 2015 7:36 PM

A helpful site for teachers when thinking about an Individualized Education Plan for students with Cerebral Palsy

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World Down Syndrome Day: The pressing need to better understand mental ... - The Week Magazine

World Down Syndrome Day: The pressing need to better understand mental ... - The Week Magazine | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
The Week Magazine
World Down Syndrome Day: The pressing need to better understand mental ...
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We've come a long way towards acceptance for disabilities but not nearly as far as we can possibly go. We need to open our eyes and know how to deal with and treat those with disablities instead of actiing out of pure ignorance.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month | Special EDucation | Scoop.it
ARCs across West Virginia designate March to raise awareness about issues facing people with disabilities. With more than 700 chapters nationwide, the ARC has made great strides in promoting and protecting the rights of ...
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I also believe the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month should be every other day of the year aswell.

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Mac Cagle's comment, May 7, 2013 4:03 PM
I like the idea of promoting awareness about those who are less fortunate but why a whole month. I apricate the uplifting story in the article though.