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Digital Badges Validate Skills for Students with Special Needs

By: Stacey Pusey Originally Published: edScoop, September 26, 2019 Students with special needs struggle to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, much less pursue higher education or gain meaningful employment. Sometimes, this can be attributed to a skills gap between the desired career and the student’s training. Many times, though, the problem is …

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Providing Rich Educational Experiences for All Students

By: Nina Parrish Originally Published: Edutopia July 17, 2019 With proper scaffolds, students with learning differences benefit greatly from challenging opportunities like project-based learning. In the last 50 years, scientists have discovered that our brains are not fixed after early childhood but instead have potential for further change. The brain can adapt, reorganize, and reconstruct …

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Transition Outcomes: Alabama Students Show Huge Gains in Career Exploration

In the August issue of our ‘Career News & Views’ newsletter, we are celebrating the transition test score increases of the students in Montgomery, Alabama! Over the course of the 2018 – 2019 school year, students took 16 different career exploration courses focusing on vocational areas as diverse as Greenhouse Work, Child Care and Autobody …

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Proven Resources for Kentucky Alternate Diploma Courses

By creating custom curriculum packages, Education Associates has aligned our proven, hands-on career exploration kits and comprehensive life skills titles to Kentucky’s Special Education Courses for the Alternate Diploma. These custom curriculum packages support courses in: – Developing Career Options – Experience in Workplace Principles – Daily Living Skills – Basic Money Skills – Money …

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Fresh Pets, Fresh Skills

Dog Washes Teach Intellectually Disabled How To Care For Animals By: Suzanne Garofalo Originally Published: Houston Chronicle 3/29/19 This was clearly not Mocha’s first visit to the groomer. Nothing about the water, lather, blow-dryer or brush fazed the fuzzy little dog. She seemed to know she was in capable, loving hands. Those hands belong to …

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Local Students Prepare for the Workforce

Project Discovery ‘Job Ready’ Curriculum from Education Associates is improving the odds of successful employment for students in the Crosby-Ironton School District. This past fall, the Special Education Department at Crosby-Ironton High School received a grant in the amount of $25,000 from Hallett Charitable Trust to invest in 10 Career Exploration Kits from the Project …

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Best Practices In Transition: South Carolina Implementing a Specific Employability Component for Its High School Credential

South Carolina is leading the way with a blueprint program for transition success. The new South Carolina High School Credential provides a guide for students to receive specific instruction in areas such as career cluster awareness, communication, employability skills, social skills and healthy lifestyles. “South Carolina has roughly 100,000 students with disabilities serviced under the Individuals with …

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Training For Life!

For students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities, such as autism or Down syndrome, the prospects for living and working independently can be limited. The right curriculum and instructional approach can make a big difference, though. These tools can help students with special needs develop critical skills for work and life. Virginia Beach City Public …

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7 steps to success in work and life for all students

As educators, we have a responsibility to all students to not only help them achieve academically, but to also prepare them for life as productive, contributing, global citizens. For our students with disabilities, this is a more involved and comprehensive process. These students require repetition and hands-on experiences to acquire the skills necessary for success …

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Smithsonian Puts Spotlight On Special Olympics

With a new exhibit, the Smithsonian Institution is highlighting how athletics have helped to dramatically change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities over the last 50 years. The display “Special Olympics at 50” was unveiled this month at the National Museum of American History in Washington just as the international sporting movement is celebrating …

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