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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Friday, May 24, 2013

"Students With Different Abilities"

When are we going to stop viewing people as "individuals with disabilities" and start viewing them as "individuals with different abilities"?  I came across the latter term in perusing the website of the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (, a special needs program in Peru that a colleague was recently telling me about.  The same way that "neuro-typically developing people" (as much as I hate that phrase) have different types of intelligence, people with developmental and learning difficulties may also have different kinds of intelligence that set them apart from what is considered "normal" or "typical."  Here are two recent articles that provide a refreshing perspective regarding this idea and remind us of the importance of seeing the value in what people do well rather than the stigma associated with what they do poorly: