Advocacy

A Video Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Education Article

(Transcript) Jennifer: 00:13 If you’ve been researching your child’s rights, you’re probably coming across the term called FAPE, F-A-P-E, a whole lot, and you’re probably wondering what it is, so we’re here to tell you. FAPE is a Free and Appropriate Public Education, and it is the cornerstone of the IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. FAPE is what each child who’s identified for special education services is entitled to every school year. Julie: 00:40 Let’s break down FAPE…

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One small, shy child changed my school’s dress code – Education Article

So often, when children attempt to advocate for something they believe in at school, adults make the mistake of getting defensive and worse, stand by the mantra that “This is the way things are,” without ever examining why they are the way they are. Last spring, as the weather warmed in New Jersey, we announced and reposted our dress code. Rather than the usual murmurs and griping about fairness we often hear among middle-school adolescents, an interesting thing happened. The…

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Disabled and Struggling to Find Work – Education Article

Being disabled and finding work can be hard. There are several things you need to think about when being disabled and trying to find a job. One thing is if you can get to the location if you do not drive. You also need to think about the hours you’ll be working and if they will work for you based on your transportation. For me being in a wheelchair and having to use public transportation is hard. The bus I…

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6th Grader with Down Syndrome Shares Her Story of Inclusion – Education Article

Audio Transcript Hi, my name is Mia Pisani and I have Down Syndrome. I just graduated 6th grade from Quest Elementary school. For my exhibition, I want people to know about including people with disabilities everywhere. In this presentation, I will tell you how I learned in elementary school. My pictures on the school website. That is my hand along with the hands of my friends. As you can see I am fully a part of my school. This is…

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