In the United States, special education is governed by four major federal statuses: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), along with numerous state laws.
Education is not mentioned in the Constitution and is primarily the individual states’ concern. As such, it is imperative that parents of special education students understand the rights and services that are available and how to access them.
Last week, we discussed how parents can become an active participant in their child’s education program. …
Do you understand the difference between IEP and 504 plans? In conversations with parents, there seems to be a lot of confusion between these two types of plans and how each can support their special needs child in school. Particularly now, as we are at the start of a new school year (after a particularly challenging last year), it is important to understand how to navigate federally-mandated accommodations for students who require additional learning support.
The IEP and 504 share several common characteristics: both provide accommodation at no cost, require parent engagement throughout the process, are reviewed yearly, and require…
For many parents and educators of autistic children, life since March 2020 has been stressful, to say the least.
Lilian Burns shares a heart-wrenching perspective of what the past few months have been like for her and her preschool-aged son, Tripp, who is on the autism spectrum.
“I still feel like I’m vastly under-qualified to be a parent; I am definitely vastly under-qualified to be replacing three therapists and a paraprofessional,” Burns writes. “It’s heartbreaking to watch your kid struggle. That goes for any parent. For those of us with children with special needs, watching their struggle with ‘distance learning’…
As more schools are returning to in-person instruction this fall, I see many educators concerned about their students’ transition back to a physical classroom. If that sounds like you (or someone you know), here are three easy, tech-focused tips to help you and your students.
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In the fall, some of your students might struggle to reconnect with classmates they have not seen or spoken with in a while. They might be feeling self-conscious and anxious about one-on-one communication with others in their class. …
I wanted to share a few quotes that inspire me in lieu of the usual weekly article. As I am sure you have either experienced or witnessed firsthand, society often rejects or turns their back on those who might seem “different.”
Like Dr. Ingrid Amorini-Klimek wrote in her article a few weeks ago, “Equating a need for support, neurodiversity, or any type of disability as ‘something wrong’ instead of just describing it as another characteristic of a person, much like having blue or brown eyes, summarizes what having a disability translates to for the rest of society.”
Let the following…
Salima Slimane’s fifth-grade son, Anis, is on the autism spectrum and struggling in his at-home learning environment.
“Anis was a very happy child going to school,” Slimane told reporter Mike Beaudet. “He loved going to school. We’ve seen really a regression happening socially and academically. I think he is definitely not the same child anymore.”
Salima is not alone. After a year “Zoom school” for a majority of special education students, parents are worried; and, with summer just around the corner, many parents are concerned about their students’ skills regression over the summer months.
“I have a lot of concerns…
How are you keeping your students excited during remote learning?
While watching television the other night, I noticed an insurance company’s advertisement that showed two young adults playing a video game. At the end, they indicated the game was boring and decided to move on to something else.
Is this the attitude your students are feeling about your lessons? Remember that excitement and interest are quick to fade. The next shiny object or thrill is “just around the corner”!
Here are some ideas for adding student engagement to your lessons:
1️⃣ Response cards. Is there a procedure in place to…
In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all on the autism spectrum are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.
In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM).
As the world “builds back” from the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting the idea of acceptance of neurodiverse persons must be inclusive. This more inclusive approach into everyday life focuses on acceptance into our communities, our workforce, and institutions of higher education.
Oftentimes, it is practices like standard interviews that…
Concepts are defined as abstract ideas or general notions that occur in the mind, in speech, or in thought. They are understood to be the fundamental building blocks of thoughts and beliefs.
While many educators and businesses understand the concepts of inclusion, mainstreaming, and diversity, the “real” question is: Are these concepts something your establishment is doing in practice?
Neuro-positivity is switching away from the concept of promoting “help” and “awareness” and putting good concepts into practice.
Therefore, all educational settings and businesses should be promoting practices that lead to the integration and support necessary so that ALL individuals can…
In early June 2020, Amazon Studios announced a series order from “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” writer and producer Jason Katim. Entitled “On the Spectrum,” this 30-minute comedy-drama will follow three 20-something roommates who are on the autism spectrum and navigating life’s challenges together.
Most importantly, the television series will feature three actually autistic actors: Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, and Albert Rutecki.
“Having a 23-year-old son on the spectrum, it is deeply personal for me to get to tell this unique story of what it’s like to come of age as someone with autism,” said Katim in an interview…