Thursday, June 6, 2019

‘All I Want To Do Is Be Somebody’: Henry Winkler On Lifelong Struggle With Dyslexia

Henry Winkler is most known for his days acting on Happy Days and more current roles, the critically acclaimed series Hank Zipzer and for the many shows he has produced over the years. However, his diagnosis of dyslexia at the age of 31 is one accreditation Winkler is less known for. In this interview with CBS 4 Boston, he discusses his struggles with dyslexia and his successes in life. 

To read the full article from CBS Boston, click here

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Webinar Wednesday: Aided Language: From Research to Practice

For children and adults with complex needs, Aided Language Stimulation (ALS) is a communication strategy, where a communication partner teaches symbol meaning and models language by combining his or her own verbal input with selection of vocabulary on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system. The resource featured below from AAC Language Lab helps to provide a visual overview of the definition, procedures, tips and resources. 

Additionally, the blog PrAACticalAAC offers a plethora of video, printable and other resources to support those new to Aided Language or those looking to further their knowledge. 

If you're interested in learning more about Aided Language, be sure to register for the webinar presented by AAC experts Kelly Fonner and Sharon Redmon. Information and a live link to register is listed below: 

June 11, 2019, 01:00 pm CST - 60-minutes
Aided Language: from Research to Practice
“Aided language may be defined as the use of communication aides in face-to-face conversations.” (VonTetzchner, 2018). Various AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) vendors & presenters talk about the use of Aided Language Stimulation, Modeling, Aided Input and other methods of introducing a language system to an individual with CCN (Complex Communication Needs). In this webinar we will provide the research background on Aided language, explain aspects and skills related to utilizing it in your practice, and give usable examples of its implementation into real life in school, community and home. Learn how to model because it is not as easy as it sounds..

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Marion Huber Learning Through Listening LTL Awards

Marion Huber Learning Through Listening® (LTL®) Awards

For Learning Ally members who are high school seniors with learning disabilities who are graduating from high school in 2019.
DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted, emailed or postmarked no later than September 30, 2019


Each year, the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening awards are presented to Learning Ally high school senior members with learning disabilities, who plan to continue their education after graduation, in recognition of their academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and service to others.
Marion Huber was a long-term and loyal donor to Learning Ally, formerly RFB&D, who was particularly committed to our expanded mission of engaging students with learning disabilities. She observed the power of “learning through listening” to transform lives, and it was for this reason that she made an endowed gift to fund an award for students with dyslexia and other disabilities that prevent effective reading. By creating a permanent endowment, Marion Huber ensured that the work she valued during her lifetime continues today.
Offered since 1991, the awards are given to six students who are chosen by a selection committee. Learning Ally awards the three top winners $6,000 each and three special honors winners $2,000 each. Winners will be notified of their awards in early 2020.

Applicants should be aware that:

All scholarship awardees must be capable and willing to publicly share their personal story and represent Learning Ally as a spokesperson and advocate at various local, virtual and national events. Costs associated with these events will be covered by Learning Ally.

Scholarship Application Requirements

Visit the Learning Ally website via the link below to read about the application requirements, eligibility criteria and online application. 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Webinar Wednesday: Twice Exceptionality in the Digital Age

Want to learn more about strategies for supporting your twice-exceptional students? Be sure to register for the webinar below hosted by AbleNet.

June 03, 2019
Time: 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Twice Exceptionality in the Digital Age: Strategies For helping Students Tap Into Strengths Using Innovative Technology

In this session, participants will be introduced to the wild world of the twice-exceptional student. A brief overview of twice-exceptionality will be provided, followed by a discussion of innovative tools and strategies that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. We will include practical strategies for motivating students to become self-directed learners and thinkers!



Monday, May 20, 2019

Motivational Monday

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Webinar Wednesday: Apps, Extensions, and Tech Tools for ADHD Brains: A Learning Guide

In this hour-long-webinar-on-demand, learn the most popular and effective technology tools for students with ADHD, with Janet DeSenzo.
Students don’t learn material that fails to engage them. Kids, especially those with unreliable attention and focus, lose interest quickly if the curriculum feels inaccessible and intangible. Many schools today are responding by using technology tools and the Universal Design for Learning approach.
Here, learn about the most popular and effective technology tools for students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Geared for educators, parents, and clinical professionals, this webinar will explain how to maximize students’ learning through the use of apps and tools for Chromebooks, iPads, Windows, and Macs. Teachers will also pick up lesson plans and strategies for incorporating technology into their UDL classrooms, and learn why educators are shifting the focus from accommodating students with ADHD to creating a more accessible, engaging curriculum.
In this webinar, you will learn about:
  • Great Chrome apps and extensions for helping differently wired students
  • iPads apps designed to maximize your child’s learning, plus the many tools built into the iOS operating system
  • Tools offered by Microsoft that can assist with organization and productivity
  • How to set up a Universal Design for Learning classroom, and how it supports all types of learners

Meet the Expert Speaker:
Janet DeSenzo has been working in the field of assistive technology for more than 15 years. She started working with college students at the university level, assisting students with disabilities as the coordinator of Disability Services at a state university in New Jersey. From there, she started her own educational consulting company, JanTech Educational Services, which she still owns and operates. Janet is currently an assistive technology specialist and technology integration specialist in the Vernon Township School District of NJ. There, she helps find technology solutions for students with special needs and assists teachers with integrating technology into their everyday lessons.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Motivational Monday

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