Incorporating Sensory Activities into Recess Time

Many children would describe recess as their favorite part of the school day, and its importance is being recognized across the nation. Recess offers children a number of physical, social and cognitive-behavioral benefits and is widely supported by several children’s health and education associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. After years of dismal stories […]

Universal Design for Learning Puppet

The “You” in UDL

Watch the Universal Dancers for Learning as they sing and dance their way to showing how UDL can work in your classroom.   Universal Design for Learning is all about flexibility and giving teachers and students lots of options. The more on ramps there are to a highway, the more likely everyone will be able […]

A screenshot of the second page of the UDL DIY Activity.

UDL DIY Activity

This DIY activity allows educators to explore CAST’s UDL Guidelines through an easily assembled wheel. Simply print the PDF, cut out both layers of the template, and attach as shown with a round safety pin.

A red handicapped figure with a laptop is surrounded by a bright blue circle. Below the circle reads "section 508 compliant" in large black letters.

Section 508: Ensuring Equal Access to Information on Digital Devices

508 compliance refers to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which applies to all federal agencies “when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.” For […]

MSDE seated around a table, including Marcella E. Franczkowski, on a Disproportionality Work Session

Franczkowski Leads Workshop to Address Educational Equity

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services held a two-day work session in May to develop the content for tools to assist Maryland’s local school systems as they address disparities in education based on race or ethnicity for students with disabilities. 

Children's Mental Health Matters! A drawing with a yellow background depicts a net reaching for a butterfly beneath the words "Your Struggle is part of your story!"

Children’s Mental Health Matters! May 2018

Children’s Mental Health Matters! is a Maryland public awareness campaign that highlights the importance of children’s mental health. The campaign features more than a week of events, workshops, media, outreach, and other awareness-raising activities during Mental Health Month.

Helpful to Know: Strategies for Working with Children with a Visual Impairment

What are some effective strategies for working with children who have a visual impairment? Verbally and specifically narrate what is happening in the classroom at any given time so students always feel included Communicate with families and other professionals to share information and strategies Adapt activities to promote independence Provide multi-sensory, tactile, and experiential learning […]

Get to Know – Rocco Aiello

Rocco Aiello, Coordinator for Adapted Physical Education and Corollary Sports, St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Talk to Rocco Aiello about his amazing journey as an Adapted Physical Education teacher and you soon discover that he is all about inspiration. In fact, Aiello is either inspiring children with disabilities to discover the joys and benefits of […]