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January 2014 Blog Posts (12)

AIM - Alternative Instructional Materials

It is already time to order alternative format textbooks for the 2015-2016 school year!

Alternative formats include Braille, large print, audio and digital text.

 Teachers and IEP/504 teams should order the textbooks now for next year so there is a smooth transition to the next grade and classes.

 Schools should order standard grade level books now and any others as soon as they are identified as needed.

  • For example, elementary schools can order the…
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Added by Jane Gay on January 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

National Achievement Award goes to a student with dyslexia

A young woman from Kendall Park has received the Learning Ally …

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Added by Lori Moore on January 22, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Building Self-Advocacy Skills: Taking Ownership

Know yourself; Know what you need; Know how to get it is an article written by Nancy James Johnson, who herself has a disability, that discusses the importance of young adults learning the skills to be their own #1 advocate! *Click on the title to…

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Added by Lori Moore on January 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Space Camp Scholarship

You can read more about this space camp scholarship and how to apply by viewing the attached PDF. …

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Added by FIND Support on January 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Friendship Connection

Friendship Connection

A community club for young adults with special needs, their friends & community members.

West Des Moines Human Services would like to extend an invitation to you!

Please join us on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at

West Des Moines Human Services, 318 5th Street in Valley Junction.…

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Added by Lori Moore on January 15, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

Is online learning a good option for you?

Are you considering taking an online course? Wondering if you can really learn from online teaching?  

The University of Wisconsin-Stout has created a survey that is designed to look at your learning style and how that works with learning online.

Click here  to take the FREE survey!

Added by Lori Moore on January 13, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

Transition Toolkit available

I was just made aware of a TRANSITION Toolkit that is available from the national Autism Speaks organization.  Though Autism Speaks created this, it really is relevant to all students.  There are also state specific transition timelines provided.  Check out the links below if you are interested!  These are both *FREE* for download!

Transition…

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Added by Lori Moore on January 10, 2014 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Textbooks in different forms

It is already time to order alternative format textbooks for the 2014-2015 school year!

Alternative formats include Braille, large print, audio and digital text.

*Talk to your school teams about these resources!  Teachers and IEP/504 teams should order the textbooks now for next year so there is a smooth transition to the next grade and classes.

Schools should order standard grade level books now and any others as soon as they…

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Added by Lori Moore on January 9, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

The Reason I Jump

I have a need to better understand autism. I can't explain it, and I don't know exactly where it comes from. But I have it. And, because I have it, I must do something about it. I like learning by reading so I got a book by a thirteen year old child with autism.

The book, titled The Reason I Jump, is written by Naoki Higashida. He gives tremendous insight to his perceptions, feelings, and thoughts as a child with autism, and he does it without his ability to speak. He uses an…

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Added by Monica Rouse on January 8, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Do It Yourself Resources

"How to Sew a Weighted Blanket"

This first resource is an explanation of the purpose of a weighted blank and why you would use one. There are directions at the end of this overview for sewing a weighted blanket:

http://www.articles.complexchild.com/june2009/00130.pdf

The second link is to sewing directions for a two blankets on the website for the Linus Project.  This site…

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Added by Paula S. Connolly on January 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Playing Field Needs to be Razed and Built

I came across this interesting article with actor Michael Patrick Thornton. I'm familiar with Michael because of his on the TV show Private Practice, where he played Dr. Fife, a very confident doctor who happened to be in a wheelchair. When I was watching the show, I thought the wheelchair was just part of his character's role. I didn't know that he suffered a spinal stroke in 2003 and is paralyzed from the waist down. He has regained mobility above the waist, but he doesn't have…

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Added by Nicole Hill on January 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Petition for a Doll with a Disability

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcaql-yibn8&feature=player_embedded

I just signed the petition for an American Girl doll with a disability!!!  And you should too!!  Go to http://www.change.org/petitions/american-girl-release-an-american-girl-with-a-disability

Added by Mari Reynolds on January 2, 2014 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

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