New Mission

New Mission


My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Provocative Video Circulating On YouTube And Elsewhere

Check out this video which was distributed by a colleague of mine. I cannot comment on the authenticity of the video. I have no reason to doubt it is legitimate. It is certainly provocative and, as it is being circulated, I thought it should be shared here as well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FREE Informational Presentation About Transitioning From Early Intervention To Preschool

If your child is transitioning from early intervention to preschool, you may be interested in this free informational presentation taking place next week. 

Life After EI: What's Next?
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: The SMILE Center
171 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor

The workshop is being given by Sarah Birnbaum, a well-know educational consultant with a great deal of knowledge about navigating the special education process.   

DSM-5

I received a request this week to sign a petition protesting the proposed changes to the DSM-5 (see previous blog post titled Redefining Autism).  That petition can be found here:

https://www.change.org/petitions/dsm-5-committee-dont-reduce-the-criteria-for-an-autism-spectrum-condition-in-the-dsm-5

The page lists some of the arguments againt redefining autism.  For some perspective on the argument in favor of the changes, check out the following articles, the first of which appeared as an Op-Ed in today's New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/i-had-asperger-syndrome-briefly.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=aspergers&st=cse

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/aspergers-history-of-over-diagnosis.html?scp=1&sq=aspergers&st=cse