Panel in Canadian province urges greater inclusion Alberta schools should do more to include students with special needs in mainstream classes and stop spending so much time on labels, a provincial committee said. "That is probably the last time you'll hear me use the words 'special education,' " said Dave Hancock, the Canadian province's education minister. The Edmonton Journal (Canada) (6/9)
Designing an individualized education plan that works Educators and parents should work together with parents to craft individualized education plans that are transparent and understandable to all, says Donnalyn Jaque-Antón, who oversees special education for about 82,000 Los Angeles students. Use language that's understandable to parents and tells them clearly what to expect, she says. Her district provides parents with a video on the process. Disability Scoop (6/9)
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Technology allows people with disabilities to text 911 People with limited speech or hearing will be able to send 911 text messages without special equipment or relay centers under new technology tested in Iowa that could eventually be rolled out nationwide. "The successful testing of text messaging to 911 from a wireless telephone is a tremendous emergency-services advancement for individuals who have sensory disabilities," said Richard Ray, chairman of the National Emergency Number Association Accessibility Committee. InformationWeek (6/9)
Complaint: Utah must fix services for students with visual disabilities The National Federation for the Blind has filed a complaint alleging that the Utah state school for children with visual disabilities has "systemic" problems that must be fixed. Problems with outreach centers and the testing and evaluation of students with visual disabilities deny students their educational rights, the complaint says. Utah education officials said they hadn't yet read the complaint. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (6/10)
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