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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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: