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May 16, 2008

Books of the Future

Late last year I wrote an article on "universal design for learning," an educational philosophy that promotes using technology to supplement teaching materials and make them accessible to all types of students. UDL had found support among several disability advocacy organizations, who wanted the con...

May 15, 2008


I can't be the only Generation X-er thrilled to hear about the return of The Electric Company, right? I was primarily a Sesame Street gal, but I remember many a leisurely afternoon hanging out with Rita Moreno and Morgan "Easy Reader" Freeman. I honestly didn't know at the time that these shows w...

May 01, 2008

Jeremiah Wright on Education

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church Church of Christ in Chicago, doesn't just have a lot to say about politics--he also has some thoughts on special education as well, which he shared during his April 27 speech before the NAACP in Detroit: Turn to your neighbor a...

April 29, 2008

Disabilities on the Silver Screen

Readers who will be in New York May 9-11 should check out the Sprout Film Festival, a three day showing of films by and about people with disabilities. The first day features "Including Samuel," a movie I didn't get a chance to see when it was shown in the D.C. area., unfortunately. The documentary...

April 09, 2008

Peering Into the Crystal Ball

Board Buzz, the blog of the National School Board Association, brings news of an upcoming audio conference titled "Special Education: What's On the Horizon?" The conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST April 16, and includes some well-known special education law experts, including Houston-...

April 07, 2008

Convention Wrapup

I scoured the Internet to find other blog posts on the Council for Exceptional Children convention, which wrapped up last week. Christine Southard's Blogspot delved into assistive technology and co-teaching. Daniel McNulty, blogging on behalf of an assistive technology project in Indiana, talked...

March 27, 2008

Another Look at Autism and Vouchers

After I wrote two weeks ago about Missouri lawmakers' considering vouchers for students with autism, Piet van Lier directed me to an analysis he did for a Cleveland-based public policy group on Ohio's autism voucher program. It grants parents up to $20,000 a year in state aid in order to pay for edu...

March 27, 2008

Graduation Time

It's the time of year when high school seniors' thoughts turn to graduation, so two reports from Project Forum and the Center for Education Policy are perfectly timed. The CEC policy brief linked to on this page takes a look at how high school exit exams affect students with disabilities. The concl...

March 21, 2008

Black Cultural Learning Styles

Liz at the blog I Speak of Dreams had a fascinating analysis of "black cultural learning styles," an idea which she believes should be laid to rest. This idea suggests that black children are shortchanged in "euro-centric" schools because their learning styles are incompatible with most classrooms. ...

March 14, 2008

Missouri Mulls Autism Vouchers

Lawmakers in Missouri are considering following the lead of four other states that offer vouchers to parents of students with disabilities. I wrote about this issue about a year ago. Now, as then, I wonder: Even when such bills pass, are there enough schools available to accept these children? The...

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