Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part Three of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

March 6, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Welcome to the last part of our three part series on UDL in Early Childhood Education (ECE). In part one, we shared the importance of inclusion and introduced our topic with essential questions we must ask as we begin to understand UDL in ECE. Part two of the series discussed the history and evolution of UDL.

Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part Two of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

February 26, 2017 by | Uncategorized

As early educators, understanding the foundational concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is necessary before understanding how UDL applies to the early childhood world. This brief overview of the history and principles of UDL will help continue the discussion as we move into the last part of our series on UDL in ECE next week.

Moving away from a dichotomous educational system

February 15, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Education has been a dichotomous system consisting of two distinct programs, general education and special education. Each system consisting of its own programs, teachers, funding sources, classrooms, curriculum, and students. These systems have guided our educational practices, including how and where students are educated. Regardless of these distinct systems, today’s classrooms represent a broadly diverse

Disability Studies & Early Childhood Education Part One of Three: Focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

February 13, 2017 by | Uncategorized

Analyzing how to meet the needs of all students, regardless of ability, is critical in the field of education. Research shows that inclusion of students with disabilities in general education has lasting effects on their educational outcomes (Causton-Theoharis, J., Theoharis, G., Cosier, M. and Orsati, F., 2013, Danforth, 2014). Florian (2012) defined inclusion as the moment teachers begin to

Comparing mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities

August 2, 2016 by | Uncategorized

When I first started working for Thompson Policy Institute, I lacked an understanding of the nuances between different types of disabilities. Without even realizing it, I had lumped together very different conditions into similar categories and after doing some reading, I see why I was confused! The classification between intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and

Voting rights for people with disabilities

July 29, 2016 by | Politics

Earlier this week, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act being signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. This was a monumental moment for the equal treatment of US Citizens with disabilities, but nonprofit organizations and other advocacy groups push forward with new advocacy to remind us more work is

Scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities

July 19, 2016 by | Education

  Figuring out your financial situation for school can be a scary time for everyone, but there are scholarship opportunities and resources out there to help remove some of the financial barriers that come with pursuing post-secondary education. There are also an assortment of scholarships, programs, and online resources dedicated entirely to assisting students with disabilities