Mar 13, 2017
Check out the #DDAwareness17 campaign going on now
Post by Kit Mead, MCIE Communications Specialist
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Image is sample Facebook cover photo for March 2017’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Credit to The [...] More...
Nov 27, 2016
The Role of Accessible Technology in Inclusive Education
By Kit Mead
Accessible technology can serve an important role in inclusion of students with disabilities. Not all technology is accessible, however. First, we will define accessible technology, and give examples of both accessible technology and inaccessible technology. Then we’ll have a two part section on how it maximizes inclusion, by helping students with disabilities learn and by incorporating the concepts of universal design into learning. [...] More...
Jan 22, 2015
What does Inclusion Really Look Like?
SWIFT is a national K-8 center that provides academic and behavioral support to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.Mayland is one of five SWIFT partner states, with schools in Allegany County, Baltimore City, Cecil County, and Queen Anne's County, as well as state-level leaders, involved in the change process. MCIE is very excited to be a part of [...] More...
Apr 28, 2014
Broadening the Spectrum of Autism
As Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month draws to a close, MCIE is pleased to share this reflection from scientist, researcher, advocate and parent John Hussman on understanding and responding to reports of the increasing prevalence of autism.
On March 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that an estimated one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum. That is a 30% increase from the 2012 estimate of one in 88 [...] More...
Mar 21, 2014
What We Didn't Expect From Inclusion
When we asked (well, actually, insisted) that Gage be included in a gen-ed classroom, we expected that he would gain a lot of things from it: We expected that he would start to learn how to act in a gen-ed environment; we expected he would have many, many great peer models to help him learn the way; that he would start to learn how to take tests and complete classwork; to follow a schedule that [...] More...
Dec 09, 2013
10 Great Inclusive Education Blogs
Blogs are a great opportunity for teachers to receive inspiration and share ideas from the comfort of their classrooms or homes. While they don't replace face-to-face professional development, they are great way to supplement it. In this guest post, Tim Villegas of Think Inclusive shares some of his favorite inclusive education blogs. Happy Reading!
At the start of this school year (2013), Nicole Eredics ( [...] More...
Nov 01, 2013
Autistic History Month
November 2013 is the first Austistic History month. MCIE celebrates with this guest post from writer and activist Sparrow Rose Jones. You can see this post and more of her writing on her blog http://unstrangemind.wordpress.com/. You can projects and products for Austitic History Month here: [...] More...
Aug 14, 2013
Make This Your Best Year Ever - 5 Secrets for Special Educators Who Want to Love their Jobs!
Do you want to know the secrets to working in Special Education and still love your job? Read on…
If you are reading this…it probably means that there is still hope for you. Perhaps, you are young and not yet jaded by the persistent thumb of the public education system pressed firmly on your back. Perhaps, you are an optimist, who tries to see the silver lining in everything. Or perhaps, you [...] More...
Apr 01, 2013
Autism Awareness - A Parent's View
April is National Autism Awareness Month, which naturally begs the question: awareness of what?
As a parent of a 19-year old son with autism, if you had asked me that question years ago, I would have said things like: be aware that kids with autism can experience sensory overload; or be aware that creating teaching opportunities around an autistic child’s interests can help him learn. Or if I [...] More...
Feb 20, 2013
Our Family Perspective
By Guest Blogger Claire Holmes
I am taking stock of things. Charlie just turned 14 and we are planning his transition to high school. From his perspective, high school seems exciting but is a long way off. After all, he won’t walk through those doors for six more months. But I have been mulling things over in my mind for a while; we have questioned other families with older children, toured the high school, sat [...] More...
Jan 24, 2013
The Loud Hands Project
By Guest Blogger Julia Bascom
The Loud Hands Project is a project by and for autistic* people. Our tagline is "autistic people, speaking," because the focus of the project is on sharing the fact that autistic people, verbal and nonverbal alike, have things to say and are finding ways, right now, already, to say them. The Loud Hands Project exists to create a record of autistic people communicating, by whatever methods they use (speech, sign [...] More...
Nov 29, 2012
Gracie Finds Her Voice: Inclusion and AAC
by Staff Blogger Marny Helfrich, M.Ed.
She stood in the strange room, eyes wide, taking it all in. Then she started to scream. What was wrong? Was she scared? Lonely? Hungry? Angry? There was no way to know, because she had no words, no way to communicate. (As it turned out, she needed to use the restroom, but it took some trial-and-error, accompanied by continued crying on her [...] More...