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November 12, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Texas fourth-graders learn firsthand about vision loss
    Fourth-graders at Mary Immaculate Catholic School in Farmers Branch, Texas, spent a day recently going through simulations of what it might be like to lose eyesight. The activities are aimed at helping students better understand what one of their classmates is facing as a result of cone-rod dystrophy -- an incurable retinal disease. Students wearing blindfolds went through five stations where they sorted coins, poured water into a cup and spread jelly on bread. "A big part of understanding is being able to walk in somebody else's shoes," teacher Carey Murawski said. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago institute teaches people to use art forms as therapy
    Chicago's Institute for Therapy through the Arts teaches people with disabilities to use different art forms as therapeutic tools to express themselves. Director Jenni Rock says when people come to the institute for help, therapists learn the issues they are facing in their lives and establish treatment goals that can be achieved through music, art, drama or dance. WLS-TV (Chicago) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Judge gives class-action status to NYC disabilities suit
    A federal judge cited the effects of Hurricane Sandy in granting class-action status to a year-old lawsuit filed after Tropical Storm Irene. The suit claims there are gaps in New York City policies to evacuate and accommodate people with disabilities during disasters. The lawsuit on behalf of the 900,000 New York City residents with disabilities asks the city to develop a plan that addresses the issue. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Research shows appeal of science, tech to students with autism
    A recent study found that a significantly higher percentage of students with autism pursue STEM-related careers compared with students in the general population. "In an era where a world-class science and engineering workforce is needed to remain competitive in a technologically advancing global economy, it becomes imperative to discover previously untapped sources of STEM talent. This study confirms that individuals with an ASD may indeed have the potential to become such a resource," researchers noted. Disability Scoop (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The language you use in the classroom can change students' lives. In Opening Minds Peter Johnston (author of the groundbreaking Choice Words) shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional, and moral development. Preview the entire book online!

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  • Get your work published in DEC's journal
    Get published in Journal of Early Intervention, the official publication of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), which publishes early childhood research focused on issues related to young children with special needs. Submit your work today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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