A Special Education Student Speaks: I Navigate ‘Parallel Universes’ in This Week’s AcceliBEAT Roundup
December 7, 2018
This week we begin with a “twice exceptional” high school student who is speaking out to reimagine the special education system. In ed policy news, as the nation mourns the passing of the 41st president, we also want to honor one of his enduring legacies, which was signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990. In other news, parents of adults with intellectual disabilities get creative in helping to find them employment; a teacher shares how he is using his experience of being stigmatized for receiving special education services to help his students; best practices for co-teaching; and a family’s innovative doll to be an educational tool that promotes inclusion. All this and more in this week’s AcceliBEAT!
I live in parallel universes—the universe of special education and the universe of not-so-special education.
Over decades of public service, President George H.W. Bush’s work to improve the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities may be one of his more overlooked accomplishments.
Out of the 220 districts that responded to the survey, 91% reported experiencing a teacher shortage, with most feeling the pinch in science, math, and special education.
At 21, all of the mandated school services stop and, quite suddenly, families face some cold realities: The unemployment rate for people who have Down syndrome, tops 80%.
Too often, black boys are pushed into special education programs because of their behavior challenges that impact their ability to achieve academic success.
“Co-teaching used to be called a professional marriage, and I’m kind of tired of that metaphor,” she said. “It really needs to be more like a business partnership.”
The Contrerases realized they could not find the perfect doll for Olivia — one that resembled her, and that was soft and cuddly. So they decided to design one themselves.
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