My First Depression

by Carey Handley I remember the day we were told our daughter would never drive, would never live alone, would never reach many of the milestones most children will. And then there was the day she stood beside us in court as the judge declared her permanently disabled and granted us Guardianship. I listened as the judge asked her questions, some of which had to be rephrased so she could understand them. On each of […]

The Shoebox Phenomenon: What Not to Do with the Results of Your Child’s Annual Statewide Achievement Tests

   By William Blackwell, Ed.D. & Nancy Stockall, Ph.D. According to the U.S. Department of Education, almost 3.5 million children with disabilities participate in statewide achievement tests each year. Parents typically receive their child’s results in a paper report sent home through the school. Yet, parents often struggle to accurately interpret the reports, which contain complex testing jargon and vague descriptions of their child’s performance. This can lead to what one parent described as “the […]

Meeting the Challenge of Teaching SPED Students to Type

By Jan Smith A tech integrator shares the games that she uses to prepare special education students for life after school. In the world today, typing is a necessary skill. Most jobs require some degree of computer work, and knowing how to type quickly and efficiently may be an advantage over someone who “finger pecks” at the keyboard. High school graduates need to know how to type, use email, use reference tools on the internet, […]

Elizabeth Hamblet’s book, From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities

Elizabeth Hamblet has written the definitive book on the transition from high school to college – not only for students with learning differences, but for students in general. College is a different world from high school. The laws, expectations, and culture around disability services and accommodations are very different. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC),, is pleased to present Elizabeth Hamblet’s book, From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities. […]

Special Education: Increasing Job Opportunities for Students through Engagement in Career Technical Education

By: Dr. Christine Powell INTRODUCTION: The job market is changing and students receiving special education services, as well as special education stakeholders, need to be a part of the new educational movement. Many public school districts across the nation are realigning education curriculums in support of college and career readiness objectives for public school graduates, which include many students with Individual Education Plans (IEP). There are good reasons for linking academics with career pathways, but […]