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  • Nov 01, 2013

    Autistic History Month

    November 2013 is the first Austistic History month.  MCIE celebrates with this guest post from writer and activist Sparrow Rose Jones.  You can see this post and more of her writing on her blog http://unstrangemind.wordpress.com/.  You can projects and products for Austitic History Month here: [...] More...

  • Aug 14, 2013

    Make This Your Best Year Ever - 5 Secrets for Special Educators Who Want to Love their Jobs!

    Do you want to know the secrets to working in Special Education and still love your job? Read on…

    If you are reading this…it probably means that there is still hope for you. Perhaps, you are young and not yet jaded by the persistent thumb of the public education system pressed firmly on your back. Perhaps, you are an optimist, who tries to see the silver lining in everything. Or perhaps, you [...] More...

  • Apr 01, 2013

    Autism Awareness - A Parent's View

    April is National Autism Awareness Month, which naturally begs the question: awareness of what?

    As a parent of a 19-year old son with autism, if you had asked me that question years ago, I would have said things like: be aware that kids with autism can experience sensory overload; or be aware that creating teaching opportunities around an autistic child’s interests can help him learn. Or if I [...] More...

  • Feb 20, 2013

    Our Family Perspective

    By Guest Blogger Claire Holmes

    I am taking stock of things. Charlie just turned 14 and we are planning his transition to high school. From his perspective, high school seems exciting but is a long way off.  After all, he won’t walk through those doors for six more months. But I have been mulling things over in my mind for a while; we have questioned other families with older children, toured the high school, sat [...] More...

  • Jan 24, 2013

    The Loud Hands Project

    By Guest Blogger Julia Bascom

    The Loud Hands Project is a project by and for autistic* people. Our tagline is "autistic people, speaking," because the focus of the project is on sharing the fact that autistic people, verbal and nonverbal alike, have things to say and are finding ways, right now, already, to say them. The Loud Hands Project exists to create a record of autistic people communicating, by whatever methods they use (speech, sign [...] More...

  • Nov 29, 2012

    Gracie Finds Her Voice: Inclusion and AAC

    by Staff Blogger Marny Helfrich, M.Ed.

    She stood in the strange room, eyes wide, taking it all in.  Then she started to scream.  What was wrong?  Was she scared?  Lonely?  Hungry?  Angry?  There was no way to know, because she had no words, no way to communicate.  (As it turned out, she needed to use the restroom, but it took some trial-and-error, accompanied by continued crying on her [...] More...

  • Nov 05, 2012

    Why School Districts Are Not The Enemy

    by Guest Blogger Tim Villegas

    Preposterous? Maybe... but hear me out.

    We are our own biggest enemy. Our assumptions that is...and we all bring them to the table when thinking about the role of school, special education, and inclusion. [...] More...

  • Sep 10, 2012

    An Inclusive Dialogue

    Welcome to the new MCIE blog! I’m Sheila, Communications Coordinator at MCIE, and I’ll be curating the blog as it moves forward. I came to MCIE nine months ago with a lot to learn. I had studied the disability rights movement as a Political Science student who focused on issues of social change. But [...] More...

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