Submitted by ANGELA PASCOPELLA on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 3:04pm
Across the country, schools such as Miami-Dade's Bridges to Tomorrow, a transition academy, are using computer programs and digital power tools to teach life and job skills to special needs students, better equipping them to overcome disabilities, mental disorders, and debilitating illnesses.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:28am
A human-like robot that can mimic emotions and play interactive games can help students with autism develop social skills. Aldebaran Robotics’ “ASK NAO” robot, which is about two feet tall, mimics an emotion with gestures and sounds, and waits for children to recognize the emotion.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 4:03pm
The target graduation rate for special-needs students with individual education plans is 80 percent, a goal that 130 school districts and charter schools met or exceeded. A total of 59 districts and charter schools had 100 percent graduation rates for special-needs students in 2010-11.
Submitted by Matthew Zalaznick on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 3:00pm
Decades-old limits on the size of special education classes would disappear along with restrictions on the number of disabled students in traditional classrooms under proposals being pushed by state education leaders.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 1:12pm
The Lewis School (Princeton, N.J.), which is pioneering the appropriate use of technology for dyslexic and learning-different students, received a $40,000 grant for its technology initiative, from the Roma Bank Community Foundation.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 3:04pm
Technology is making learning a little easier for students with physical or learning disabilities. Whether it’s software that adapts to their reading level or tablet applications that provide mobility, there’s something for all students to help them learn and communicate more effectively.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 8:58am
An elementary school principal has inspired the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create a new wheelchair lift that could help make more places wheelchair accessible.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 1:25pm
Pinellas County Schools officials hope to shave about $6.5 million off their budget by retooling special education programs. Closing the K12 Hamilton Disston School in Gulfport and moving the students to other schools is expected to save $1.8 million, while other special education staffing changes are expected to save an additional $4.7 million.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 10:45am
Jordan Valley School in the Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah is using an iPad to show pictures and icons that help children on the autism spectrum to more easily manage their day so they will know what to expect. Pictures, for example, depict a toilet, handwashing in a sink, reading, and math, among other tasks.