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… Continue Reading Incorporating Sensory Activities into Recess Time

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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… Continue Reading The “You” in UDL

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. Continue Reading UDL DIY Activity

Franczkowski Emphasizes Importance of Integrating Assistive Technology

Assistive technology should be part of a thoughtful, integrated, data-informed approach to support students across educational environments and not seen as a stand-alone service delivered by one specialist, said Marcella E. Franczkowski. Continue Reading Franczkowski Emphasizes Importance of Integrating Assistive Technology

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… Continue Reading Section 508: Ensuring Equal Access to Information on Digital Devices

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

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… Continue Reading Get to Know – Rocco Aiello

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Take the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018

Educators across the State recognize that creating opportunities for parent involvement and engagement has a direct impact
on achieving better outcomes for students. Your feedback may help your child’s school understand how its teachers and staff may better support your family. Continue Reading Take the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018

First Tee Golf Program is an adapted physical education program at Cedar Lane School in Howard County, Maryland

First Tee Golf: Adapted Physical Education Program at Cedar Lane School Featured on The Golf Channel

On December 11, 2017, The Golf Channel aired a segment on students from Cedar Lane School in Howard County and the school’s participation in The First Tee Golf program. Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, narrates the segment. Continue Reading First Tee Golf: Adapted Physical Education Program at Cedar Lane School Featured on The Golf Channel