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Understanding Invisible Disabilities

To help students with invisible disabilities, recognize related behavior, discover whether there's a diagnosis, respect their privacy, and make learning accommodations.

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Bridging the ADHD Gap

To create education equity for children with ADHD, make the learning child-centered, differentiate, integrate movement and mindfulness, create supportive learning environments, and document the process.

Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs

Students with special needs and neurological differences can benefit from the hands-on process, experimental nature, and visible results of maker education.

Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

The perception and treatment of dyslexia is shifting from a symptom-based reaction to a neurological-based understanding of what is primarily an auditory disorder.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Reaching Learners of All Abilities

Looking for resources to help understand and address learning differences in the classroom? This collection of videos and resources offers strategies teachers can use to reach all students in an inclusive environment.

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Help! Student Cries Nonstop!

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

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Help! Student Cries Nonstop!

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

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Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

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Students Who Struggle: Focusing on Strengths

Heather Wolpert-Gawron muses that learning difficulties could be seen as potential one-day strengths, rather than how they are viewed in schools today -- as deficits.

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The Sound of Learning: Albano Berberi
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The Sound of Learning: Albano Berberi

Assistive technology helps a blind computer science student and devoted gamer pursue his passions.

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Assistive Technology Makes a Difference for Lukas Bratcher
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Assistive Technology Makes a Difference for Lukas Bratcher

Thanks to some ingenious assistive technology, Spokane's Lukas Bratcher didn't let a birth condition stifle his passion for music. He played euphonium in his school's award-winning marching band from his wheelchair.

21 132 2,964 views
Assistive Technology: Enabling Dreams
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How Assistive Technology Enables Dreams

From voice-activated software to customized laptops, tech is changing the way disabled students communicate, learn, and play.

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Assistive Technology for Young Children in Special Education: It Makes a Difference

A discussion on the many types of assistive technology tools that are available for children with disabilities.

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Assistive Technology Makes a Difference for Lukas Bratcher
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Assistive Technology Makes a Difference for Lukas Bratcher

Thanks to some ingenious assistive technology, Spokane's Lukas Bratcher didn't let a birth condition stifle his passion for music. He played euphonium in his school's award-winning marching band from his wheelchair.

21 132 2,964 views
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Inspiring Students With Special Needs Through Filmmaking

A maker teacher’s experience using puppetry and filmmaking to engage students with neurological differences.

2 340 1,729 views
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Encouraging Neurodiversity in Your Makerspace or Classroom

While students with neurological differences face daily challenges, they bring unique qualities of focus, nonlinear thinking, recall, and brainstorming enthusiasm to a makerspace or classroom.

4 150 1,729 views
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Through the Lens of Filmmaking

Through developing, producing, and distributing a film, special-needs and mainstream students can work together, developing communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills -- among many others.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Love and Limits and The Eye of the Dragon

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one inner city elementary school in Boston. In Chapters Four and Five, we watch teachers as they strive to reach all students in full-inclusion classrooms, and work...

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