New Mission

New Mission


My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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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