This Week's Special-Needs News and Views
A post on the blog Life With My Special Ks looks at the difference between inclusion, exclusion, segregation, and integration.
In Decade's Time, Childhood Disabilities Rise 16 Percent
From Disability Scoop: "Significantly more children have disabilities today as compared to a decade ago, largely due to increased diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, researchers say."
Leading a Special Needs Ministry – Book Update
From the Inclusive Church, information about a book I have sitting on my review pile right now.
Cancer can't stop teen singer's music
CNN.com has an inspirational story about a girl who kept on singing even after a tracheotomy.
Should people who steal handicap parking spots be shamed on Facebook?
Love That Max looks at the possibilities.
No Heroic Measures
A post on Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords asks whether we should be calling kids with special needs heroes just for being themselves.
Mother’s Day: Special (Needs) Edition
A post on Not Alone looks at what we need and what we get.
Have a Rant in You About Standardized Testing?
I've got a Readers Respond page where you can share it.
Internet Connects Dying Girl to Her Musical Hero — in a Day
Social networking is on the job, according to a Mashable post.
Gluten-Free Local Bakery Products? Be Careful ... Very, Very Careful
A warning from About.com's guide to Celiac Disease.
Making a Love Book for your Visually Impaired Child
Instructions from the WonderBaby.org site.
Even Without the R, It's Still the R-Word
"Tard" as a suffix is still offensive, so cut it out.
Texas May Soon Require Cameras In Special Education Classrooms
Huffington Post looks at a bill passed by the Texas Senate and being considered in the House.
Food allergy diagnosis: What parents should know
CNN.com shares advice from the founder and executive director of the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board.
Restaurant To Pay After Booting Kids With Rare Disorder
Disability Scoop reports on a lawsuit by a family with three daughters who have "epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic skin disorder that causes blisters as a result of minor injuries or temperature changes" and were asked to leave a Golden Corral because of it.
Another Shooting. The Same Answers.
A Bird on the Street post laments the way schools treat kids who fall in the space between success in the mainstream and eligibility for special education.
Let's give kids who don't speak tools to succeed
The Bloom blog has an interview with an expert on augmentative and alternative communication.
Fall TV Lineup Puts Focus On Characters With Disabilities
A Disability Scoop post points to 'Ironside,' 'The Michael J. Fox Show,' and 'The Family Guide.'
A good iPad case for kids with special needs: giveaway!
Find out the details on Love That Max.
Why Do Kids Who Need Routine Get Shuffled Around the Most?
In the forum, a mom wishes her son could just go to the neighborhood school.