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The Importance Of Enrichment Programs For Students With Learning Differences

BY EMILY MARTON, B.S. State funding of school districts has continued to weaken nationwide since 2008. In fact, at least 31 states provided less state funding per student in the 2014 school year (end) than in the 2008 school year before the recession took hold (CBPP, 2016). These budget cuts cripple the ability for schools to maximize student learning potential and creative development, usually beginning with the elimination of arts and enrichment programs. Ironically, these […]

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Service Animals: Required In The IEP? NOT!

BY DIANE WISCARSON, ATTORNEY AT LAW Service animals, usually dogs, can provide excellent support for people with disabilities. Service animals are individually and specifically trained to perform tasks that help a person manage and navigate their environments. These tasks can include anticipating seizures, signaling self stimulation behaviors, alerting to important/alarming sounds, providing deep pressure sensory input, interrupting self-harm behaviors, and preventing elopement, among others. DIVIDE AMONG SCHOOL DISTRICTS: In recent years, there has been disagreement […]

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A Profound Enigma – Teaching Sign Language to Hearing Children and Speech to Deaf Children

BY J. FREEMAN KING, ED.D. Is it not logical and linguistically savvy to play to the child’s strength and not his/her weakness? Throughout the years, many different language learning theories have emerged. The latest phenomena in the United States is the teaching of sign language to hearing toddlers and preschoolers. Conversely, there is a push to to teach speech to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are deaf. Herein lies the enigma: eliciting the use of […]

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Creative Housing Options For Independent Living

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Families often wonder if and where their children with special needs will live on their own. Often the focus is on universal design to make housing physically accessible. But housing with supports will maximize independence for individuals with all kinds of disabilities. PHYSICAL ACCESS Universal design is a concept used to ensure that the home environment is accessible to all. In addition to people with disabilities, it is also helpful to […]