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June 12, 2018
‘What if this was my son?’ How Newark’s Teacher of the Year pushes autistic students to succeed
After Lourdes Reyes' son was born with autism, she went back to school to become a special-education teacher.
April 16, 2018
Let’s solve the right problems for Detroit’s students with disabilities — not recycle old ones
I’ve spent 25 years both studying and actively trying to improve schools for students with disabilities. Segregated settings aren't the answer.
March 30, 2018
Week in review: Can separate schools better serve students with dyslexia and other special needs
Since arriving in Detroit last year, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has spoken often of the schools he wants to create for children with special…
March 29, 2018
Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs
On the carpet inside a language arts class, three boys quietly play a word game with their teacher. In the same room, on…
(Very) early education
February 26, 2018
Michigan’s governor wants to catch young students before they fall behind
Federal money currently pays for that program, but for the first time, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to add $5 million more in state funds to make it available to more families.
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June 1, 2017
How one Brooklyn teacher found the perfect job — by checking the wrong box on an application
Levy is passionate about her students at P.S. 369K in downtown Brooklyn. This year, she’s teaching fourth- and fifth-graders on the autism spectrum.
meet the new boss
May 13, 2017
Q&A: New Detroit superintendent Nikolai Vitti is looking for a city house, schools for his kids, and — maybe — a ‘fit’ for Alycia Meriweather
Detroit’s next schools superintendent plans to arrive in the city as soon as May 22 and has a long to-do list for his first few weeks.
March 15, 2016
Jeffco parents, wary of middle school options, ask for more help for students with autism
The parents’ request for more middle school services highlights an ongoing debate about what types of help students with special needs should receive,
get set ... go
August 27, 2014
Nest program, which integrates students with autism, prepares to grow
This fall marks the start of the first school year under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the first with expanded universal pre-K, and, for four city schools, the first time they’ll participate in a growing program to integrate students with autism into their classes.
March 27, 2014
Investigation report offers new details about how Avonte Oquendo disappeared
A final accounting of how 14-year-old autistic student Avonte Oquendo managed to leave his Queens school unnoticed last October shows that his teacher went above and beyond to collect information about her students—eliciting a warning from Avonte's mother that he "likes to run." But that information wasn't shared with school administrators, according to an official investigation report released Thursday.
December 11, 2008
How hard should parents push autistic child to try new activities?
Marni Goltsman, whose son is autistic, says she and her husband have pushed the boy to take part in activities against his wishes because over…
November 7, 2008
One family’s choice between two kinds of autism education
A week ago, I linked to a parent who explained why she prefers one educational method (Floortime) over another (Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA)…
October 31, 2008
Complex choices for parents of autistic students
For those who read the recent New York Times magazine article about Floortime, an educational method for students with autism, here’s one New…
October 16, 2008
Lawyer, advocate: Special needs children are not political pawns
The Palins with son Trig. Following last night’s debate, where McCain promised to “care for these young children [with autism],” Charles Fox,…
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