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Resources Tagged With: special education

California Students With Disabilities Can Enroll in Independent Study, Judge Rules

Students in special education who had been denied access to independent study won their first round in court on November 5, when a judge ordered those students’ school districts to reinstate their remote learning plans. Read more ›

Special Olympics Program Helps Schools Get Unified on Inclusivity

When the bullying prevention side of the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program became clear to the Lansing Public School District in Michigan, an initial launch quickly expanded from five schools to the entire district.

Students can join monthly Lunch Bunches, where all learners, with and without cognitive and physical disabilities, can meet up for monthly events such as trips to bowling alleys and swim classes, or participate in unified sports teams. But the lunch program in particular, which started at the elementary level, was one that helped the district make the decision to move forward with expanding to all of its schools. Read more ›

3 Best-Practice Approaches for Assessing Students With Disabilities

Limited time or resources shouldn’t prevent schools from conducting informal and formal assessments of students with disabilities, including those with significant cognitive disabilities. In fact, collecting high-quality data about a student’s performance can guide educators in making more informed decisions about instruction and individualized supports, said the National Center on Educational Outcomes, in a recent paper. Read more ›

Transitioning Back to School: Strategies to Support Students with Autism [downloadable] [web resource]

Individuals with autism often have challenges adjusting to new routines and novel situations,  however, there are many research based strategies that can be implemented to support their return to in-person school. The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) has curated resources for educators and families to help with this transition. Read more ›

Tips to Help Kids With Autism Transition Back to In-Person School

Heading back to school after summer break can be tough for some students, but this year is unique. For children with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences, transitions like this can be extra challenging.

University of California at Davis MIND Institute experts offer advice to help with the change, as well as what’s likely to be different in the classroom this year. Read more ›

What Happens When California Students in Special Education Return to the Classroom?

For students with disabilities, the pandemic has been a landscape of extremes. Some have thrived with distance learning and want to continue in the fall, while many have languished without the in-person support of therapists and teachers and have lost ground academically, socially and emotionally. Read more ›

Online Therapy for Babies and Toddlers With Delays Often Works Well — but Funding Isn’t Keeping Up With the Need

In the United States, an estimated 15 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have developmental delays or disabilities; in children’s first years, some of these delays may be evident in late acquisition of skills like crawling, walking and talking. Research shows that early help from experts in the form of speech, physical or occupational therapy and support from pediatric specialists can have profound results for children and often help them meet the same milestones as their peers. Read more ›

As Students With Disabilities Return to School, Districts Are Unprepared to Meet Their Needs

As students return to schools shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, many large school districts are not prepared to meet the needs of well more than 1 million students with disabilities who have a legal right to receive support and services but are not getting them ― and the problem is most severe for students of color, according to a new report. Read more ›

UCSF CARES COVID-19 Resources [web resource] [downloadable]

The UCSF Collaborative to Advise on Re-opening Education Safely (CARES) offers timely guidance and a webinar series to help school administrators, public health officers, and policymakers make informed decisions and ensure a safe and ideal learning environment for children, teachers, staff, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more ›

How AR Can Help Students With Special Needs

Fortunately, education is progressing to become more inclusive of those with different learning styles and educational needs, but there is still a lot that can be done to make the classroom more inclusive for each and every student. It is becoming more and more apparent that it is time we rethink not just what we teach, but exactly how we teach.

One medium that could provide learning support for students with special needs in the near future is the use of augmented reality (AR) in education. Read more ›

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