A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services; Principal of Gesher LaTorah and TAG
In the aftermath of horrible tragedy people scramble to make sense – any kind of sense of something senseless. It’s human nature. But in the process of that scramble one thing stood out to me. The media is reporting that the perpetrator of this horrific incident may have had Asperger’s Syndrome.
A blog post by Leora Pushett, Director, Israel Education and Overseas.
There is no greater way to help students and community members connect to Israel than giving them first-person experiences. Of course, the best way to achieve this is that everyone takes a trip to Israel.
Last I left off, I was pondering the inconsistencies between my values and my children’s actions. It’s embarrassing when a child behaves contrary to ideals you espouse. Avigayil, my seven year old toothless little “Madeline” had a child with Downs Syndrome in her class this past year. After several attempts at encouraging Avigayil to play with this girl, I took a different tactic.
The good news is I have some progress to report.
Remember that I told I would borrow books about special needs from the library?
One of the magical phenomena associated with being an educator is that some of the most powerful learning moments come from the very child one is nurturing and educating. On a visit to my children in New Jersey, I experienced one of those magical moments.
My seven- year-old granddaughter shared a story with me that she made up, neatly printed on a couple of three-ringed sheets of paper. It was a great story and was well written, too.
A blog post by Rachel Turniansky, Coordinator of Special Education Services; Principal of Gesher LaTorah and TAG.
In July of 2010 President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the hiring of 100,000 workers with disabilities over five years. Today, however, a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that federal agencies are not making enough headway.
“Nearly two years after the executive order was signed, the federal government is not on track to achieve the executive order’s goals,” investigators wrote. The report found that just 20,000 employees with disabilities were hired in 2010 and 2011 in the federal government.