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December 12, 2014

Sen. Tom Harkin Uses Farewell Speech to Uphold Disability Rights

The Democrat from Iowa has been instrumental in several laws related to education and employment of people with disabilities over his 40 years in Congress.

March 14, 2014

The Spring Break Blues at a Startup

I realized this week that I might be suffering from the Spring Break Blues. As someone who attended school in America, I grew up knowing and loving spring break and being off from school. But now, as someone working at a business in the education sector, my feelings have turned from love to loathe.

March 11, 2014

New York Times Shines Spotlight on 'Sheltered Employment'

The newspaper offers a detailed account of the lives of men with intellectual disabilities who worked for decades at a turkey-processing plant, earning less than $100 a month.

August 02, 2013

Best Practices in Alternative & Competency-Based Learning

As noted Wednesday on EdWeek, I recently visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program serving students in Southern Wisconsin. We invited the folks from Edvisions Schools and Jobs for the Future to join a conversation about alternative and competency-based learning. The experts listed eight key strategies

July 31, 2013

Best Practices in Work-Based Learning

Last week I visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program near Milwaukee. For more than a dozen years, with support from Generac and the Kern Family Foundation, the 21 month full time program has blended classroom studies with work in a manufacturing facility.

June 14, 2013

Justice Department Criticizes Rhode Island Sheltered Workshop

Providence has shut down a program for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities that required them work at menial jobs at wages far below the state minimum.

September 28, 2012

Audit: Monitoring of Centers for Independent Living Needs Upgrade

The centers could serve--and may in many communities--as a powerful link to work, education, and other opportunities and people with disabilities. But sound monitoring is a part of making sure those centers are serving their purpose, the inspector general said.

August 21, 2012

The 50 Best Books of All Time

OK, these are probably not the best books of all time but these mostly non-fiction titles were important to me when I read them over the last twenty years.

July 11, 2012

GAO Questions Effectiveness of Federal Disability Work Programs

The GAO wasn't impressed by the array of 45 programs attempting to improve employment for people with disabilities.


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