Advocacy

Dear Class of 2019, Thanks for Including My Son with Down Syndrome. – Education Article

Congratulations on your accomplishments to get where you are today as you walk across the stage to get your high school diplomas! My son recently graduated and it has been an emotional journey as we have looked through old photos, watched video montages at graduation parties, and even walked through the halls of our old elementary school in caps and gowns to hug teachers and inspire the future generation of students. What you all probably don’t know is that we…

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Ripping off the band-aid of my disability – Education Article

Discussions, disguises and defining moments My initiation into the social microcosm of tertiary education was over crackers, camembert, and several bags of sweets, with 4 other people I’d met in my very first lecture. As we walked out of the lecture theatre, we began formal introductions, establishing an immediate rapport through our shared inability to see the point of the three-hour developmental psychology lecture we’d just endured, and making a pact to bring something sugary every week to see us…

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Change Is Needed… – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

I’ve spent the past several years considering how to best advocate for our educators, educator needs, and completing advocacy work from a local level to a wider state or national level.  Everyone’s advocacy work looks slightly different then the next and the issues you get involved with can change based on the climate of your workplace to the community you teach in. Some issues you might find yourself advocating for and just a few years ago you would have been…

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Tips for Asking for Accommodations at Work – Education Article

I’m a 28-year-old disabled Autistic person with diagnoses of ADD, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and sleep disorder. And yet, I only just asked for accommodations at work for the first time recently when I started a new part-time job. My approach to school, work, and life, in general, has always been to throw myself at everything without regard for my physical, mental, or emotional health. I never knew any other way! That more-or-less (sort of) worked for 27 years of my…

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A Video Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Education Article

(Transcript) Jennifer: 00:13 If you’ve been researching your child’s rights, you’re probably coming across the term called FAPE, F-A-P-E, a whole lot, and you’re probably wondering what it is, so we’re here to tell you. FAPE is a Free and Appropriate Public Education, and it is the cornerstone of the IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. FAPE is what each child who’s identified for special education services is entitled to every school year. Julie: 00:40 Let’s break down FAPE…

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One small, shy child changed my school’s dress code – Education Article

So often, when children attempt to advocate for something they believe in at school, adults make the mistake of getting defensive and worse, stand by the mantra that “This is the way things are,” without ever examining why they are the way they are. Last spring, as the weather warmed in New Jersey, we announced and reposted our dress code. Rather than the usual murmurs and griping about fairness we often hear among middle-school adolescents, an interesting thing happened. The…

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Disabled and Struggling to Find Work – Education Article

Being disabled and finding work can be hard. There are several things you need to think about when being disabled and trying to find a job. One thing is if you can get to the location if you do not drive. You also need to think about the hours you’ll be working and if they will work for you based on your transportation. For me being in a wheelchair and having to use public transportation is hard. The bus I…

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6th Grader with Down Syndrome Shares Her Story of Inclusion – Education Article

Audio Transcript Hi, my name is Mia Pisani and I have Down Syndrome. I just graduated 6th grade from Quest Elementary school. For my exhibition, I want people to know about including people with disabilities everywhere. In this presentation, I will tell you how I learned in elementary school. My pictures on the school website. That is my hand along with the hands of my friends. As you can see I am fully a part of my school. This is…

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