Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Advocacy, Assistive Tech, and More

OUT-OF-THE-BOX ADVOCACY goes "beyond traditional advocacy to take a stand and create change for your kids," according to advocate Lyn Pollard, a freelance writer and mom of two kids who learn differently. At the site of NCLD.org, Lyn offers a series of out-of-the-box suggestions such as "Talk LD in Your Community" and "Talk LD at Your Child's School." If you're early into your advocacy journey, check out the series.

ADVOCACY RESOURCE. This summer, the William and Mary Law School will hold its fourth annual five-day training program in special ed advocacy. Wrightslaw is a co-sponsor. According to an announcement of the program, the institute is "designed for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law." Find more information, or see the application and instructions.

RESOURCE FOR ASSISTIVE TECH. According to the Berkshire Eagle, Simmons College in Massachusetts has established a graduate program focusing on assistive technology. "Coursework includes topics, such as how to integrate assistive technology into a student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP); what are the best apps, devices and software to address different needs; how to develop curriculum in accordance with state assistive technology requirements;  [and] how to evaluate educational software and devices, among other subjects," says the Eagle. Read the article or go to the Simmons website to find out more.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. The May eNews-Update is out, featuring thoughts on dual enrollment (high school and college courses at the same time), news about various Davidson programs, a roundup of gifted-related legislation from states across the country, and pointers to a variety of resources on the web. Find eNews-Update.

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