Raising a child with a disability brings a unique set of joys and challenges for a family – increased struggles with daily routines, finances, and navigating the maze of doctors and support services. This can be complicated by decreases in the amount of time parents spend engaged in the community, with friends or as a
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
With the recent buzz around the 2016 Presidential Election candidates, it’s easy to get swept up in all the media coverage. This post serves as a recap of recent political developments that benefit people with disabilities living in the United States. In our own state of California, there is a Senate Select Committee on Autism and
Last Monday, Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed the new chancellor of California’s community college system. The 113-school system has the lowest cost of tuition at about $40 a unit, but that didn’t stop Oakley from seeing the need for improvement. The new chancellor opened up about his plans recently and laid out goals to support
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