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December 10, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Art therapy helps Fla. students with disabilities
    A one-week art therapy program led by ArtServe Eco-Art at Sunset School Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., enriches students year-round by introducing them to dance, drama and painting as well as social skills, school officials say. The program helped one student with autism gain confidence and redirect his energy into more age-appropriate conversations, his mother and principal said. "It's powerful and it's very moving to see how the arts can get through to some of these students," said ArtServe President Earl Bosworth. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • Duncan: Connected educators find success, challenges
    The connected educator movement may be relatively new, but it has great potential to guide the future of professional development for teachers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan writes in this blog post. He also writes about the challenges faced, including the need for online professional learning to count toward professional development and for there to be greater support for online social learning and problem solving among teachers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • UAB works on technology to help individuals with disabilities exercise
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham will use a $6 million grant to help individuals with physical disabilities get more active. Noting that such individuals sometimes spend 18 hours a day sitting or lying down, researcher James Rimmer said individuals with limited mobility need technology to help them exercise. "Most people quit exercising out of boredom; it's even more boring if you have less options," he said. (Alabama) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Md. hospital launches job training for individuals with disabilities
    Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., through the national Project Search program, is offering internships to help individuals with disabilities transition from school to work. Each student spends an hour in the classroom learning job skills and five on the floor learning how to perform a task, such as clerical duties. "It is more meaningful work. It's not the traditional jobs," said Michele Dilegge, a special-education worker in the program. The Baltimore Sun (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children with autism have more psychiatric ED visits
    U.S. researchers looked at the 2008 National Emergency Department Sample and found that children with autism had a ninefold increased risk of being admitted to emergency departments for psychiatric problems. Of these psychiatric ED visits, they found that severe aggression-related behaviors were the leading cause. The findings appear in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Last chance to register for the webinar on CEC's Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation
    After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with CEC members and other experts in the field, CEC's Board of Directors adopted a Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation in October 2012. Join CEC on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. ET or at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), to learn what the position says and how you can use it to ensure evaluations in your district or state reflect and represent your complex role as a special educator. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 12.12.12 -- Stop Sequestration! Save Special Education!
    Take part in CEC's National Call-In Day on Dec. 12 to tell Congress we need sustainable and balanced fiscal solutions. If our nation goes "over the fiscal cliff," many important programs will receive devastating cuts. The U.S. Department of Education's budget will shrink by over $4 billion dollars, affecting nearly every school and family in our nation. Mark the date on your calendar for 12.12.12 and set aside some time to call or e-mail your members of Congress. Find out more information about sequestration and the National Call-In Day. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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