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Is Special Education Labeling Helpful or Prejudicial and Damaging?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:30:52 +0000

One of the more controversial education conversations I hear and have been a part of concerns labeling kids. Over the years I’ve met lots of parents and teachers who argue that labeling is a negative thing. I’ve been to lots of dinner parties where, as soon as someone discovers my profession, the subject comes up, [...]

“You’re Never Too Old to Have a Happy Childhood”

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:43:06 +0000

                      Sitting at a desk alongside two of his grandchildren, Kimani Maruge first attended school in 2004 at the age of 84.   Great examples of older people living joyfully and with purpose. In this article from Positive.News featuring ballet dancing, athletics, art, and going to [...]

Lost in My Mind, A Stanley Cup Winner’s Struggle with Dyslexia

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:45:11 +0000

Lost in My Mind This article (link above) hit home, and is one of the best and most honest accounts of the reality that many kids, teens, and adults with dyslexia face. Even a successful athlete, reaching the pinnacle of his sport (a Stanley Cup winner) Brent Sobel wasn’t immune from feeling “not good enough” [...]

Dyslexia: When Learning to Read in your Native Language is a little like Learning A Second Language

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:47:08 +0000

            Feeling and Knowing something is different than hearing about it and just getting it intellectually. You could be super bright and intelligent, but when your reading is marked by slow and inefficient decoding of single words, its hard to comprehend what you’re reading. Makes sense, right? It’s the most [...]

Nike Designer Says Dyslexia is a Gift

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:17:27 +0000

Nike Runner and Chief Designer on his sense of  dyslexia and design. Nike designer says dyslexia is a gift YOU HAVE A LOT OF LOOSE BITS OF PAPER AND SKETCHES IN THIS OFFICE. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DRAW? Sneakers, body sketches, architectural retail spaces. I’m dyslexic, so my first real language was drawing. I [...]

Navigating Life On Campus When You’re On The Autism Spectrum

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:13:41 +0000

From NPR Series “Been There” Adjusting to college campus life can be particularly challenging when you struggle with the mechanics of social life because of underlying social thinking challenges endemic to students on the Autism Spectrum. Life On Campus When You’re On The Autism Spectrum

Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:47:41 +0000

The 33nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. The Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN, so be sure to submit your ideas early! For more information, please visit us at, or feel free [...]

Learning Disabilities and Executive Functions in Therapeutic Settings

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:56:28 +0000

The following is a reprint of an article I wrote this year.  Part of the work I do involves helping families with teens or young adults with significant emotional/behavioral struggles.  I sometimes consult with therapeutic programs so that they are more sensitive and responsive to LD-related issues and how they impact therapeutic concerns. Resolving Issues [...]

Fallacies of “Whole Language”

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:35:32 +0000

Whole Foods- great. Whole Wheat- for some, great. Whole Language (as a reading strategy for kids with dyslexia)- sounds good, right? If it’s “whole” it must be good. Wrong! Well-done post from Dyslexia Training Institute For Those with Dyslexia, Whole Language is a Coping Mechanism, Not a Strategy The moral of the story is that [...]

What Makes a Great Teacher?

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 01:14:37 +0000

From NPR’s series, Fifty Great Teachers This piece, Among Dartmouth’s Lathes And Saws, Lessons In Creativity focuses on a woodworking teacher at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. I love how he seems unaware, or unconcerned (and hence, unencumbered with “trying”) of how what he does works. And just is the type of teacher who has [...]

Dyslexia Pioneer David Schenck Dies

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:27:21 +0000

David Schenck, founder of the Schenck School, an Atlanta area school for dyslexic students, passed away last week. I’d visited this school on a tour of Georgia area schools and was impressed. The Schenck school has been a leader in the field for many years. From the article and other descriptions I’ve heard of Mr. [...]

Conference on Disability and Diversity in Hawaii

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:41:53 +0000

From the Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity You can’t miss the 31st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, May 18 & 19, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The theme for our 31st Edition is “Deep Impact,” and there will be over 200 exciting workshops and events all week [...]