Archive for the 'Education Issues and Ideas' Category
It’s so fascinating to me to track the different attitudes and perspectives about having a learning disability. On one hand there is one that implies that having a learning disability somehow means you are brilliant in some way.” Paraphrased, that one may also be stated something like “Being dyslexic automatically means you have inherent talents [...]
The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. If you haven’t seen this yet, it’s an inspiring and on-going story of [...]
Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities website published an interview with new high school freshman, Jack. NCLD interviews Jack, who is dyslexic, as a real success story. And while that’s true, there’s a story and history to Jack becoming so well-spoken and such a good self-advocate. I was Jack’s literacy specialist during his 3rd [...]
I think Steve Jobs, who famously did not go to Stanford (nor actually complete coursework at Reed College where he enrolled) hit on some key ideas concerning intelligence and what may lead to real learning and innovation. He believed that intelligence was in part the ability to make connections between ideas and practices that may [...]
Many of you have heard of Temple Grandin. She’s a professor at Colorado State University, known for her ability to think in pictures in similar way, she says, to animals. She gained initial recognition by applying that ability and her affinity with animals, by revolutionizing the business of animal husbandry and humane treatment even within [...]
Alan Alda discusses his family experience with dyslexia on WNYC radio today. Alan Alda’s granddaughter goes to Kildonan School in NY (he discusses this in the interview). There’s still so much misinformation about dyslexia but it’s always good to hear thoughtful discussion and more awareness brought to the subject. Even this interview is filled with [...]
Learning disabilities’ movement turns 50 James Baucom, long-time faculty member of Landmark College writes in the Washington Post about a watershed speech given back in 1963, which galvanized support and awareness of the reality of “learning disabilities” instead of minimal brain damage. This eventually led to Public Law 94-142, the civil rights for education law.
www.psychiatrictimes.com/autism/content/article/10168/2132823 According to some estimates, more than half of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) try complementary and alternative treatments (CATs). When you’re the parent of such a child you can find references to so many alternative treatments that purport to bring relief (online and through word of mouth), that you run the [...]
Makes you wonder, is there more effective teaching going on, or are fewer kids being identified due to economic constraints: Number of Students Classified As Learning Disabled Continues to Drop [via Education Week] .
Maryland Special Education Bill Would Make it easier for parents to dispute IEPs If approved, the legislation would change the current system in Maryland, which states that the person bringing a complaint in special education disputes has the “burden of proof,” or responsibility of convincing a hearing officer whether the IEP developed for a particular [...]
Tape-recording IEP Meetings: What Does the Law Say? Interesting and useful information about laws and policies regarding a parent’s ability to record an IEP meeting.