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The Education Bulletin - An Online Education Magazine [Jul. 11th, 2008|02:58 pm]
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The Education Bulletin is an online education Magazine, distributed free of charge to anybody connected or involved in education.It is a non-profit organisation but is sponsored by various businesses. It is designed to provide parents and students with a forum to vent their stories, experiences and concerns with others. Further, the magazine (which is available to those who register) will include specialist guidance, drawn up by lawyers and educational psychologists as well as teachers, so that those caught in the maze of difficulty within the educational system are provided with a clearer route. If you have a story or a question for our legal panel, or even a query that you might want to raise with one of our associated educational psychologists, then please use the form provided. The editorial team cannot guarantee however that each question can be answered within the magazine, but we will do our best to answer queries, via articles that will appear in our online editions.

Visit us at: http://www.educationbulletin.co.uk
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tours [Jul. 21st, 2007|10:31 am]
ziggieretriever
Hello Friends,
Yesterday I went with a friend of mine on a city tour of Spokane (um…). My friend is a tour guide and is being trained along with two other people to be professional tour guides for the city. On this particular run-through of the tour, the trainees were supposed to bring two people to act as an audience and I had the privelige of tagging along.

On our way to meet the bus, I asked out of curiosity if, at any time in her training she and her classmates had been given any instruction as to how to facilitate individuals with disabilities on tour. They had not.

As it turns out, the only audience consisted of myself, one other adult and two children. One tour guide took her turn at the microphone for her portion of the tour and, in an attempt to make things interactive for the kids said there’s this tower,” (blab la bla) “Now, I want the first person who sees the tower to put their hand on their head. Well, almost everyone, someone is obviously excluded so we won’t worry about her…” Wow, I’ve lived for 20 years with humanity’s lack of respect for diversity etc. Somehow, though, this bothered me more than I expected.

These are tour guides in training. A tour guide can make or break a vacation experience for an entire family (or more). So, to take a proactive approach, I was wondering if anyone has stories or suggestions about tours and individuals with disabilities. What have your experiences been? What could have made it better? Was it a walking or a bus tour? I would like to combine any information received in to a hand-out for my friend and so that she may distribute the ideas to her colleagues. And, in case you’re looking for a career change, there is obviously a serious need for actual training on facilitating people with disabilities in this field.

Thank you all very much.
-Jess

(Cross-posted everywhere found even slightly relevant)
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WalkAmerica March of Dimes [Apr. 6th, 2007|10:35 am]

lifeinmyyears
Hi all! I'm a NICU nurse and I'm participating in WalkAmerica to raise money for the March of Dimes. Please check out my page and read my daughter's story. If you'd like to contribute to my efforts to raise money for this great organization it would be greatly appreciated! Please follow the link:

http://www.walkamerica.org/lifeinmyyears

Thank-you,
Tiffanie
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Introduction [Aug. 24th, 2006|05:18 pm]
ziggieretriever
[mood |excitedexcited]

Hello, My name is Jess and I am new to the community. I'm not a parent, but I am in school obtaining degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education. I hope to go in to early intervention after graduation. I joined this community so that I could learn: the more I understand about the families with whom I am working, the better I can serve them. Also, I have been blind from infancy, so I'm no stranger to the field. Hopefully, I can be of some help and encouragement to you all.

One more thing: I have created a christian community specificly for those who care for children with special needs. To learn more, go to:

http://community.livejournal.com/all_families/

Have a great day!
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Toys for children with disabilities. [Mar. 17th, 2006|09:28 am]
lilsinger_95
I hope this is OK to post here. I'm well familiar with the IEP process and such since I grew up as a child with a disability. I also hope someday as a music therapist to work with children with disabilities.

I came across a post promoting a website that rates toys for children with disabilities. As a blind freshman music therapy student, I realize how important this resource could be to many parents and professionals. I'm not affiliated with the site in any way. I just thought it could be a great thing to get out there to parents and professionals that deal with children with disabilities.
Check out this website.

http://www.ableplay.org/

It's a site that has ratings on toys which would be accessible for children with varying abilities. AblePlay uses a star-based system in four separate categories - kids with physical, sensory, communicative and cognitive disorders. They also provide detailed evaluation sheets with tons of information good for parents and professionals. I guess a good many of the products can be purchesed in retail stores locally. There are some links to buy products, though this website is not a store. However, using the links on they're site to purchase products insures that they get a little something. This is a relatively new service.
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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2006|02:48 pm]
ableplayer
http://www.AblePlay.org

This is a new website with authoritative ratings and detailed reviews on toys for kids with special needs. It's run by the National Lekotek Center and is very helpful. Most of the toys have links to purchase toys online. Otherwise, you can print out the review and find the toys in stores or online on your own.

Let your friends and therapists know about this website. There's a helluva of information there, including play ideas etc, and it's a great way to ensure your kid will get a fun toy that they can both use and learn from on their birthday or whenever.

http://ableplay.org/emailfriend.asp

Example rating...
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