Mar / 20

Gun Violence, Mental Health, and Our Culture with Christopher Markelz [IEP 020]

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In this episode, we’re joined by attorney Christopher Markelz and we’re discussing gun control and gun violence in this country. We talk about whether or not teachers should be armed with guns, what the private sector can and should do in response to gun violence, and how the “Whatever It Takes” program is helping children […]

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Mar / 13

How Parents Can Support and Encourage Children As They Figure Out Their Career Paths with Melanie Whitney [IEP 019]

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Figuring out “what you want to be” when you grow up is tough. If you’re a parent of a child who is struggling to find their place in the world, then this episode will certainly provide some insight on what you can do to support and encourage them during this time of self-exploration. We’re joined […]

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Mar / 06

Bridging the Gap Between In-Home and School Based Services – A Look Into PlayWell Child Life Services [IEP 018]

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While an IEP goes a long way in helping students living with disabilities in academic settings, there are many additional needs that appear at home. What types of needs are they and what kind of services exist to support those needs? That’s exactly what we cover in this episode with our guest, Colleen Cherry. Colleen […]

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Feb / 27

Extracurricular Activities and Inclusion Outside of School [IEP 017]

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Although schools have made much progress with regards to understanding and accommodating children with special needs, what happens when that child wants to participate in activities outside of school? In this episode, we discuss resources, programs, and activities that exist outside of school that can help. Full show transcript available at the bottom of this […]

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Feb / 20

Help Defeat HR 620, Which Negatively Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act [IEP 016]

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US HR 620 is being considered for a vote in the Senate this week. We wanted to address this timely matter because we have an important request. HR 620 weakens certain key provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, making it more difficult for people living with disabilities to access buildings. It’s important to understand […]

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Feb / 13

Winter is Coming!: A Look Into the Special Olympics and Paralympics [IEP 015]

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In celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’re diving into a discussion of the Special Olympics and Paralympics and how these competitions are furthering inclusion in athletics. We’re joined by our legal intern, Phillip Basch, to share our thoughts and excitement for the Winter Olympics. Full show transcript at the bottom of this post. What […]

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Feb / 06

Diploma or Certificate Track: What Does “Graduating” Mean For a Student Living With a Disability? [IEP 014]

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As a parent, you (sometimes along with your child) must decide whether a diploma or a certificate of completion is what’s best for your child. In this episode, we’re discussing the difference between the two, the requirements of each, and help shed light on how parents can make that decision. Full transcript for this episode […]

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Jan / 30

What You Need to Know About New Changes in CA Teacher Credentialing Programs [IEP 013]

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Many schools and teachers aren’t equipped for implementing full inclusion or mainstreaming. Recent changes in Ca Teacher Credentialing programs are helping improve and updating the credentialing requirements for both general and special education teachers. Full show transcript at the bottom of this post. What We Cover in this Episode: Why a shortage of special ed […]

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Jan / 23

Dyslexia, Learning Accommodations, and the New Guidelines [IEP 012]

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There is much conversation surrounding dyslexia and what it is exactly. In this episode, we tackle the subject of dyslexia and how laws that have recently emerged are approaching this disability in academic settings. Joining us today is law student and IEP advocate, Victoria Lucero Full show transcript available at the bottom of this post. […]

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Jan / 16

The ABC’s of LGBTQ Rights Protections with LGBTQ Affirming Therapist Jamie Swanson [IEP 011]

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Show Notes How can we all become more aware and understanding of students who identify as LGBTQ? What can parents and schools do to become more inclusive? Joining us today is LGBTQ affirming therapist, Jamie Swanson, and she shares some insights on appropriate language to use and legal protections to be aware of. Full show […]

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