“Nothing is too controversial, but you have to think about how to do it with sensitivity. I don’t try to be insensitive. I think really, really carefully about exactly what things mean and how they will affect people.”
— Stewart Lee
We’ve divided this issue of the Buzz from the Hub into two parts: (1) resources on issues that many may find “touchy” or controversial; and (2) resources that aren’t controversial at all, just plain new, needed, and likely to be quite useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families.
Our best to you all,
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam
Taking on What’s Touchy
Guardianship: Clashing Views from Self-Advocates and Family Leaders
This blog post from Rylin Rodgers at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) readily acknowledges that passions are likely to flare and clash when the topic of guardianship comes up. She focuses her blog on the range of options that exist to provide support without the stripping of rights that guardianship represents–in particular, the role that supported decision-making can play.
Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools
This report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) examines how some charter schools are improving outcomes for students with disabilities and what factors influence their ability to do so. It offers lessons for all schools working to improve how we educate students with disabilities.
Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities: Top 10 Facts that Parents, Educators, and Students Should Know
This article in the current issue of eParent addresses the worrisome reality of bullying of children with disabilities. A companion article focuses on the bullying of youth and those with special health care needs, and offers proactive strategies to support these students and prevent their bullying at school.
New but Not Touchy!
Understood’s Fact Sheets
Understood.org has redesigned 6 of its fact sheets, paring them down to 1 page, with wonderfully simple reading levels and layouts. The fact sheets in question are: ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Slow Processing Speed, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Sensory Processing Issues.
Videos | High-Leverage Practices in Special Education
What do high-leverage practices (HLPs) look like in use? CEC’s new video series on the subject can support teacher educators and teachers with concrete, easy-to-access examples of HLPs in action, in real classrooms, with real students. Definitely a great new resource to share with schools!
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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.
Debra, Debi, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team
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