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Archive for May, 2014

Information & resources for everyone

BLOGS:

http://sanfranciscoeducation.blogspot.com/

http://www.sfinclusiveschools.wordpress.com

http://rachelnorton.com/

 

SFUSD:

http://www.sfusd.edu/en/programs/special-education/parent-guide-details.html

 

CAC:

http://www.cacspedsf.org/cacspedsf.org/Home.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Advisory-Committee-for-Special-Education-for-SFUSD/126292988259?ref=stream&hc_location=timeline

 

ARTICLES:

http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/ld-rights/how-parents-can-be-advocates-for-their-children

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/01/schools-simulate-disabilities-foster-understanding-kids

http://www.schoolbook.org/2011/11/11/inclusion-the-right-thing-for-all-students

http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/ld-rights/how-parents-can-be-advocates-for-their-children

 

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER:

Find one in your area! If you don’t know how, contact Support for Families for help:

Support for Families 415-920-5040
http://www.supportforfamilies.org/

Great trainings, support groups, advocacy, training, resource library, help line, parent mentors, bilingual support, provide support/advocacy for you in your IEP, and so much more.
They have an IEP training every month in English and Spanish. Trainings & events are always free, and childcare can be provided if you arrange it ahead of time.

You can also ask them for a CASE consult. CASE is the Community Alliance for Special Education and they provide advocates and lawyers to help families with any special education/inclusion issues. You can get a free consult with them if you request it trough Support for Families.

http://www.caseadvocacy.org/

{http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/504001.pdf,Special Education Rights and Responsibilities Handbook}

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SENSORY:
https://www.bigtent.com/groups/sikidsf

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PLAYGROUPS:

Sensory Social Playgroups
Cassie Britton and Fiona Zecca
http://sensorysocialplaygroups.com/SensorySocialPlaygroups/Sensory_Social_Playgroups.html
Richard King at KidSpace also offers social play-groups for a range of kids:
http://www.kidspacetherapy.com/parent-education-and-support.htm
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VISION:

Developmental Optometrist:
Dr. David Grisham, OD, MS, FAAO Dr. Jeremy Shumaker, OD
http://visionacademysf.com/Vision_Academy_Optometry/Vision_Academy_Optometry.html
http://www.kidspacetherapy.com/optometry-and-vision-therapy
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COMMUNICATION DISORDERS:

Communication Works
4400 Keller Avenue
Oakland, California 94605
ph 510.639.2929
fax 510.639.2977
http://www.cwtherapy.com/

Lara Martinez, Speech Therapist

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SOCIAL SKILLS:

Social Thinking/Michelle Garcia Winner
They have great trainings and lots of great online resources as well.
http://www.socialthinking.com

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BOOKS on Inclusive Themes
Most of these titles are available through your public library, school library, or Support for Families Resource Library:

[TITLE|AUTHOR|READING LEVEL]
|Don’t Call Me Special |Pat Thomas|K-2|
|It’s Okay to Be Different |Todd Parr|K-1|
|Friends At School |Rochelle Bunnett|K-1|
|Someone Special, Just Like You |Tricia Brown|K-2|
|Susan Laughs |Jeanne Willis|K-2|
|My Friend Isabelle |Eliza Woloson|K-2|
|Eggbert the Slightly Cracked Egg |Tom Ross|K-2|
|Tibby Tried It |Sharon Useman|K-2|
|Ballerina Dreams |Lauren Thompson|K-2|
|Let’s Talk about It: Extraordinary Friends|Fred Rogers |K-2|
|Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair |Jamee Riggio Heelan|K-2|
|All Kinds of Friends, Even Green! |Ellen B. Senisi |K-3|
|Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs |Donald Meyer|3-8|
|Amazingly… Alphie! Understanding and Accepting Different Ways of Being |Roz Espin |2-4|
DVDs on Inclusion

[Title|Age Level]
|Happy To Be Nappy And Other Stories Of Me|K-5|
|What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?|K-5|
|Including Samuel|Documentary for grown-up and family viewing|
|Videos and books By Rick Lavoie|For parents and professionals|
|Video about how a football team integrated a special needs player (Link)|https://www.upworthy.com/watch-an-entire-team-of-teenage-football-players-do-something-very-unexpected?c=upw9|

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INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS

“Inclusion” is the term commonly used in public education to describe students who have an IEP (individualized education plan) to provide supports & accommodations for their special needs, but are in a general ed classroom with their typical peers. Inclusion used to be called mainstreaming.

“Inclusive” means just that: to be inclusive. To include others, regardless of their differences. Inclusive Schools Week states that it’s mission is to celebrate “the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.”
So ‘inclusive’ is more than ‘inclusion’. It’s how we all recognize and celebrate each other’s differences.

Here is what I did at two SF elementary schools to promote inclusive language and practices and build community:
* formed an “Inclusive Schools” group of parents and teachers
* organized one PTA presentation that focused on issues around special needs and inclusion
* created multiple events around Inclusive Schools Week: film screening of Including Samuel for parents and teachers; film screening for grades 4/5 (Including Samuel); read-alouds and discussions on the subject of disability and acceptance for grades K/1; an Ability Awareness Fair for grades 2/3 with various stations on different ability/disability awareness (e.g. fine motor, vision, gross motor, emotional, dyslexia, etc.); posters of famous people with disabilities in English and in Spanish

Here’s a great ‘blueprint’ for potential activities for ISW:
{http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/programs/files/special-education/Inclusive%20Schools%20Week%20Packet%202011.pdf,ISW Packet}

SFUSD ISW reading and resource list:
http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/programs/files/special-education/Inclusive%20Schools%20Bibliography.pdf

Inclusive Schools Week is a nationwide celebration each year focusing on the work we do year-round to:
* promote inclusive, welcoming K-12 school communities,
* to embrace and support people of all natural and diverse abilities, sociological and cultural backgrounds,
* and to develop best practices.
Cities, school districts and school sites participate in a myriad of ways, including in-class curriculum, library readings, special events, civic proclamations, school and district-wide art projects, professional development intensives, and more.

Inclusive Schools Week was started in 2001 by the {http://inclusiveschools.org/,Inclusive Schools Network}, the non-profit sister organization of the Inclusive Schools Collaborative.