Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Advocacy, Dyslexia, ASD, Parenting, More

SOMETHING TO WATCH? As the new administration takes shape in Washington, D.C., some observers express concern about the possible U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. He would be responsible for "defending and enforcing federal education laws that guarantee students with disabilities the 'free appropriate public education' (FAPE) they are legally due," as Forbes puts it. But he has apparently in the past expressed skepticism about "special treatment for certain children" -- this according to the Huffington Post, which cited a speech in which Sessions was "arguing that federal protections for students with disabilities was a reason U.S. public schools were failing." Perhaps this is something to pay attention to and then act on if you believe that his appointment would be inimical to your best interests as the parent or educator of a 2e kiddo. (This has nothing to do with political beliefs, just the best interests of the 2e community.)

NPR is doing a series called "Unlocking Dyslexia," which 2e Newsletter publisher Linda Neumann has been listening to and enjoying. Find Part 1 of the series, titled "Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It."

DISABILITY SCOOP reports that Ford Motor Company, after launching a pilot program that involved hiring four employees on the autism spectrum, is expanding the program to include a dozen or two more. The first four employees had either a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree and are slated to earn between $31,000 and $38,000 per year. Read more.

PARENTS: EASE UP? According to Arizona State University, new research there suggests parents shouldn't obsess over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness. Doing so may work against helping kids become well-adjusted and successful later in life. Read more.

TOURETTE'S: A FIRST-PERSON VIEW. The New York Times has published a man's account of living with Tourette's -- others' reactions, his frustrations, how he's tried to deal with his condition. It's not a happy piece, but an insightful one. Find it.

CEC WEBINAR. The Council for Exceptional Children is presenting a webinar on December 8 titled "Supporting Executive Function in the Classroom: Improve Student Learning." From the event blurb: "This webinar will focus on ways in which teachers can use appropriate strategies to support children’s developing executive skills, while helping improve academic performance as well." A fee applies. Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING. This website, for parents of differently-wired kids, has released Episode 35 in its podcast series, a conversation with the founders of Wolf + Friends, which can evidently be a resource for the parents of differently-wired kids. Find out more. In addition, TiLT has scheduled a live webinar, "TiLT Parenting's Holiday Survival Plan." for December 7 at 8 pm Central European Time. It's free, but participation is limited to 100 attendees. Find out more.

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