Oct / 04

New California State Testing

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Standardized testing is a method used frequently in the education system to evaluate the learning done by students. In California, there has been a new testing system that has been developed in order to better assess students learning abilities throughout their K-12 life. This is called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). […]

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Sep / 29

Teachers

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A teacher by definition, is a person or thing that teaches something. Once kids enter school age, they will have multiple interactions with teachers of all sorts (grade teachers, peers, life). There is a specific group of teachers that are said to teach exceptional kids. These are special education teachers. They are responsible for teaching […]

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Sep / 27

Angelman’s Syndrome

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Angelman’s Syndrome is a severe neurogenetic disorder that shares symptoms and characteristics similar to autism, cerebral palsy, and Prader-Willi syndrome. According to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, misdiagnosis is often a prevalent problem. As a result, individuals may lose out on early intervention programs, resources, or life saving treatments. The Angelman Syndrome Foundation is dedicated to […]

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Sep / 22

Suspensions

IEPcontent In The Classroom, Mental Health, Special Education 0

Suspensions have long been a form of punishment for kids that display reckless behavior or have violated school policies. Suspensions can be on campus or off campus. There seems to be a bit of a gray area when it comes to suspending, or even disciplining children with special needs. When kids with special needs get […]

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Sep / 20

Spina Bifida

IEPcontent News & Discussion, Raising Awareness, Resources for Parents 0

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It means “split spine.” The Spina Bifida Association has dedicated their existence to educating, advocating, researching, and serving people who have Spina Bifida and the community at large since 1973. It is the only national health agency that is dedicated solely […]

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Sep / 15

Sex Discrimination

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Discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex or gender is treating someone unfavorably because of their sex. This type of discrimination can be found in a variety of areas. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission identifies areas primarily in the workplace that sex discrimination is present. These areas like sex discrimination and work situations […]

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Sep / 13

Communicating With Children With Autism

IEPcontent Mental Health, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness 0

When a child has autism, it can be difficult to communicate with them. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a group of complex disorders regarding brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. It starts in early brain development, with the most telling signs […]

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Sep / 08

Classroom Observations

IEPcontent In The Classroom, News & Discussion, Special Education 0

Does a parent have the right to observe their child in a special or general ed classroom? Can the advocate or members of the IEP team accompany them in the observation? Members of the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania reached out to the Office of Special Education Programs in the Department of Education and asked […]

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Sep / 07

Sign Language Services

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American Sign Language is used to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It involves signing words with your hands so that the person can see what you are saying. An American Sign Language interpreter is one of the many services that can be provided to a person or child who is […]

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Sep / 06

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

IEPcontent Allergies, News & Discussion, Raising Awareness 0

What is Celiac Disease? May is dedicated to answering such questions, as May 2016 is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Beyond Celiac was founded by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness as the first patient advocate group dedicated to gaining access for those affected with this disease with the only treatment thus for: gluten-free food. This […]

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Donor contributions go to fund community presentations which help educate and empower families to advocate on behalf of their children living with special needs. Additionally, donor contributions fund pro-bono sponsorship of low income families who require legal aide. Donor contributions flow directly to students living with disabilities and their families who fight for the right to a free and appropriate public education.