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Navigating the Special Education System with a Disability Studies Lens, Part 1 Stephen Hinkle

May 20, 2019 by | Uncategorized

This blog post is the first of a three part series on navigating the special education system with a disability studies lens, written by Stephen Hinkle. Stephen is a Chapman Ph.D. student, self-advocate, international speaker, and a person on the autism spectrum. ____________________________________________________________________________ Since its beginning, the American special education system has been based on

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Inclusion in Test Preparation Anne Steketee, M. Ed.

March 29, 2019 by | Uncategorized

“Operation Varsity Blues” exposed a national cheat-your-way-to-college scam which continues to reverberate in the areas of privilege, race, ability, and equity in test preparation (Jaschick, 2019). As a professional who worked extensively in the field of college access for diverse learners, I am following these conversations with interest. Students with disabilities who need accommodations for

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Just Keep Breathing! Sneha Kohli Mathur, M.A. BCBA

February 8, 2019 by | Uncategorized

Book Review: Growing Up Mindful: essential practices to help children, teens, and families find balance, calm, and resilience, by Christopher Willard   Introduction According to the American Psychological Association’s 2014 study of stress in American life, the most stressed group in America are teenagers (Willard, 2016).  Could this be due to more homework or expectations

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Invisible Disability: Students with Invisible Disabilities in Higher Education Lisa Boskovich, 4th year Doctoral Student, Graduate Research Assistant for TPI

December 18, 2018 by | Uncategorized

University students with hidden disabilities often confront challenges in the perceptions of their disabilities and in obtaining their education (Mullins & Preyde 2013; Olney & Brockelman, 2003). According to Olney & Brockelman, (2003) some students express feelings of disconnect with having a disability and having to confront others only enhances this feeling. Students with invisible

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Assessing Students Progress in the Extracurricular Realm of School. Why a new qualitative approach method is needed. By Stephen Hinkle, Self-Advocate, Chapman Ph.D. Student

November 15, 2018 by | Uncategorized

In most schools, our school system does a lot to assess student progress in academics such as reading, writing, and mathematics. However, little assessment is done to build an accurate picture of a child’s knowledge in the various extracurricular realms to evaluateif a student is making adequate social progress. To understand why a new method of

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California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling Organizational Meeting

October 29, 2018 by | Uncategorized

The California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling (CAIS) had its first meeting on October 18, 2018 at the California Council on Teacher Education conference.  CAIS emerged from recent statewide conversations regarding how best to support inclusive teacher preparation programs to ensure good schools for all students. The mission of the Alliance is to support, unify, and

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Is it Time for the Current Life After High School Transition Model for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities to Finally Face the Wrecking Ball? By Stephen Hinkle, Self-Advocate, Chapman Ph.D. Student

October 13, 2018 by | Uncategorized

This is the question many, including myself in the disability field, are starting to ask. Historically, transition programs of most school districts have been geared toward students with disabilities staying on the high school campus, not graduating with a high school diploma and instead getting a certificate of attendance. Such a certificate is practically worthless

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Curb-cuts on Fashion’s Runway By, Anne Steketee, M.Ed

September 7, 2018 by | Uncategorized

I have an unusual reading schedule: various online news sources of a wide diversity politically; several educational newsletters; a fairly outrageous dis/ability blog; and daily email digests featuring issues of race, ethnicity, orientation, and mental health. I find that this sort of cross-pollination of sources adds to my growth. Reading about the continuum of political

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Collaborating for Mental WELLth in the Schools

August 20, 2018 by Amy Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP | Uncategorized

In a time where people across the globe more virtually connected than ever before, there seems to be an increased sense of disconnection, isolation, and loneliness for many. At the same time, the rates of people struggling with mental health disorders is high. Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. According

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