UT Austin’s Version of “Fahrenheit 451” Poses a Challenge for Their Diverse Student Population

The University of Texas at Austin has a library problem and the disabled community might be the biggest losers of the new plan. In an effort to find new library space to meet current trends in circulation and technology, the college has determined that the resources in the Fine Arts Library, inside the Doty Fine Arts building, must go to make way for other growing college programs. Sort of like Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” where […]

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Motivation Made Simple With Positive Attitudes

On display Over and over again, I see posts from some of my “Facebook Friends,’” bragging about a great thing their kid accomplished. That’s whats Facebook is for, and I love it! But every now and again, I see something that really confuses me. For example, I saw a  post in which a mom made a video revealing her child’s’ report card with which he earned average grades. Subject by subject, she discussed his lack of ability and […]

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Why Teenager’s With a Disability Act Differently In Public

Children often act differently in public. We know this because we bring plenty of “bribes” with us when we wander out of our familiar home surroundings. Of course we would never even think to stoop so low as to bring snacks and juice with us in the event of an emergency—but we do anyway just in case. Kids can exhibit some very interesting behavior when they are out at in public. Children and many adults […]

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3 Easy Steps for Special Education Students to Get Ready for College

Here are some ways to help your student get ready for college. Take these steps now to make living away from home a smoother transition. 1) Take advantage of the college tour. * Meet with the department of disability before signing the acceptance letter. * Get a feel for the special education environment. Use this department to your advantage. They will help guide you. If it doesn’t “feel” right it won’t be right. 2) Large […]

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3 Reasons to Add “Teachers’ Notes” to the IEP and 3 Reasons It’s a Mess

Students with “Copy of teachers’ notes” as an accommodation should take ‘note.’ I couldn’t resist that pun, but really, this is no laughing matter. If your student has this accommodation on the IEP, most likely by now, you’ve realized that it doesn’t work as smoothly as it should. If parents are not aware of this accommodation, they can request to have it added as an addendum to the IEP. The case manager and the regular […]

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