Program Development Associates WEBLETTER
News and Information for Disability Professionals
Volume 15 – 61st Edition
September 28, 2010


It’s hard to believe how quickly we’re slipping into autumn. For many professionals in the field of disabilities this time of year is a transition time. New projects and activities mingle in with the autumn leaves, cooler weather and thoughts of fireside conversations or curling up with a good book. This ‘fall beginning’ might make you wonder if you want to charge out and change the world or maybe just relax and enjoy it.

If you are up for the change we have some great articles, resources and links in this issue to make sure you are in the know! We’ve included articles on media achievements, inclusion, some tips for people with learning disabilities and stories related to autism. We have also selected resources for both teachers and service providers that are related to current events and PDA Highlights will let you know how we spent our summer. We hope you have a successful and enjoyable fall season in work and play!

AUTISM - Temple Grandin; A ‘Palpable Presence” As Movie Wins Five Emmy's
EDUCATION - Wealthiest Families Seek Special Ed Reimbursement for Private Tuition
LEARNING DISABILITIES - Students with Learning Disabilities Must Advocate For Themselves, Say Experts
INCLUSION - A School District That Takes the Isolation Out Of Autism

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Acting Out: Workplace Social Skills
This two-book curriculum challenges students to address work-related dilemmas viewed from the perspective of different characters.

Autism Vision: Creating Classroom Connections for Children with Autism
Specifically developed to foster the social inclusion of children with autism in general education classrooms.

Dad's In Heaven With Nixon
A mother's love and a boy's journey from the darkness of brain damage and Autism to the light that is his life today - as an acclaimed artist.

Discovering Your Personal Power
To be used as a guide to support people with developmental disabilities in learning about and using their personal power to make changes in their lives and in the world.

How People Are Paid: From Work to Wages
Students learn about federal withholding, how it's calculated, and how it affects their take-home pay; as well as how FICA deductions are taken, ways that pay is calculated and much more.

Managing the Learning Environment
Find out how to design a calm and creative environment that's conducive to passing knowledge along and for picking it up.

More Time to Teach: Managing Conflicts with Students
Gives teachers the tools to respond to conflict situations in a way that keeps problems small.

On Your Own: Building the Right Wardrobe
Every outfit sends a message. This video shows how to send the right one at the appropriate time-without breaking the budget.

OpeningLines: Exploring Harassment
Explores issues of harassment by presenting legal definitions, what to do when employees are harassed and the consequences employees will face if they harass others.

PLAY Project Workshop One: Be Your Child's Best Play Partner
The PLAY Project is for parents and professionals who want to learn the basics of play-based therapy.

Succeeding Without College: Skilled Technical Careers
Shows how to move from school to work through training for skilled careers.

For a complete listing of our most recent additions:

The Search:
We are continually looking to add quality disability resources to our collection. If you own or know of a training DVD, educational program or curriculum you think we should consider e-mail Hank Riner at .


"I hope this movie is going to educate a lot of people about autism because there's a lot of people who don't understand it."
- Dr. Temple Grandin, talking about the HBO movie about her life, which won five Emmy awards. (First story)


A "Palpable Presence" As Movie Wins Five Emmy's
(Los Angeles Times)
August 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- [Excerpt] HBO's critically acclaimed "Temple Grandin" told the remarkable real-life story of the best selling author and groundbreaking agricultural scientist who struggled early in life to learn to cope with autism before the disease was widely known.

On Sunday, the biopic, which had to overcome what was widely perceived in the industry as challenging subject matter to make its way to the screen, claimed five Emmy prizes, including outstanding made for TV movie.

Attired in red and black rodeo gear, Grandin herself became a palpable presence at the ceremony, at one point, rising and excitedly swinging her hand lasso style from the audience. And while standing on stage after the movie had won its top award, she warmly embraced a sobbing executive producer Emily Gerson Saines, who said she found inspiration in Grandin's life story as her own child had been diagnosed with autism.

Entire article:

For 'Temple Grandin,' a night to shine

'Temple Grandin' wins big at Emmy's. But who is she? (PopWatch)

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Featuring Temple Grandin:

At the Gates of Autism
Provides the rare opportunity to hear a person with autism discuss her condition and how she deals with life.

Autism & Asperger's Syndrome: Addressing Sensory Issues, Brain Function, Social Skills, Job Skills, Medications and More
Dr. Temple Grandin eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives.

Other Noteworthy Autism Resources:

A Place in the World
Looks at America's overall unpreparedness in helping adults with Autism from pursuing fulfilling lives.

Autism is a World
From the perspective of a woman who lives with this often-misunderstood disorder and takes the viewer into an extraordinary journey inside autism.


Wealthiest Families Seek Special Ed Reimbursement For Private Tuition
(Wall Street Journal)
August 19, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- [Excerpt] Families in the most affluent New York City school districts, including the Upper East and Upper West sides, file more claims than other parts of the city seeking reimbursement of their children's private-school tuition, according to Department of Education data.

The department last year spent $116 million in tuition and legal expenses to cover special-education students whose parents sued the DOE alleging that their public-school options were not appropriate. The number is more than double three years ago, and the costs are expected to continue to rise.

Parents have been helped by a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that strengthened their legal position to sue school districts. The most recent case was last summer.

"No one begrudges parents the right to send their children to private school," said Michael Best, general counsel at the DOE. "But this system was not intended as a way for private school parents to get the taxpayers to fund their children's tuition."

Parents, for example, are supposed to give the DOE an opportunity to provide the schooling before they go on to a private school and seek reimbursement. But in New York City, about half the claims are ones in which "the kid never went to public school," said Mr. Best.

Entire article:

Wealthy Seek Special-Ed Cash

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Don’t be caught unprepared when responding to your next special education legal issue with:

Complying with the 2006 IDEA Part B Regulations
Answers questions about the new regulations and offers frank and practical tips for implementing these changes in your school district.

IEPs: How the Law Transforms the Process of Developing
Analyzes the changes to the procedural safeguards requirements of the IDEA and provides guidance on implementing these changes.

Accessible IEP’s for All
Helps IEP teams maximize every participant's expertise and develop measurable and meaningful goals that really improve child outcomes.


Students With Learning Disabilities Must Advocate For Themselves, Say Experts
(Boston Herald)
August 16, 2010

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- [Excerpt] When Dean College junior Peter Diabakerly began his school search a few years ago, he knew he had to be his own advocate. Though he has a learning disability, he wasn't going to let that stop him from finding success in college. Now, the business major is urging students who may be in a similar boat to become their own self-advocates to achieve success.

"Your professor will never know you have a learning disability unless you tell them," Diabakerly said. "At the beginning of each semester, you have to have a sheet filled out with your accommodations requests and hand it to the professor."

As many students gear up to begin college this fall, others are just beginning their college search process. Dr. Paula Rooney, president of Dean College, has tips for high school students on Individual Education Plans or with learning disabilities, on what they need to know to help them find the best college to meet their needs.

"The sooner a student can communicate with us (college or university) about what their needs are going to be, the better we are able to say whether we are the right place for them," Rooney said.

Entire article:

Students with learning disabilities must advocate for themselves, say experts

This article is reproduced here under special arrangement with Inclusion Daily Express Disability Rights E-mail News Service. ©Copyright 2010 Inclusion Daily Express. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, redistributed in any form or displayed on any web site without prior approval from Inclusion Daily Express.


ADHD & LD: Powerful Teaching Strategies & Accommodations
Specifically illustrates how educators can greatly assist students with attentional, behavioral, and learning challenges within their classrooms using these effective techniques.

College Success For Students With Learning Challenges
The nation's leading experts will guide students in search for a college where they can be successful, and explain specific steps for visiting, interviewing, applying, disclosing, and succeeding once they are in college.

Differentiated Grading: Why Fair Isn't Always Equal
Addresses hot-button grading issues in presentations that will send you back to the classroom refreshed and inspired.


A School District That Takes The Isolation Out Of Autism
(New York Times)
August 2, 2010

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- [Excerpt] Garner Moss has autism and when he was finishing fifth grade, his classmates made a video about him, so the new students he would meet in the bigger middle school would know what to expect. His friend Sef Vankan summed up Garner this way: "He puts a little twist in our lives we don't usually have without him."

People with autism are often socially isolated, but the Madison public schools are nationally known for including children with disabilities in regular classes. Now, as a high school junior, Garner, 17, has added his little twist to many lives.

He likes to memorize plane, train and bus routes, and in middle school during a citywide scavenger hunt, he was so good that classmates nicknamed him "GPS-man."

He is not one of the fastest on the high school cross-country team, but he runs like no other. "Garner enjoys running with other kids, as opposed to past them," said Casey Hopp, his coach.

Entire article:

A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism

This article is reproduced here under special arrangement with Inclusion Daily Express Disability Rights E-mail News Service. ©Copyright 2010 Inclusion Daily Express. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, redistributed in any form or displayed on any web site without prior approval from Inclusion Daily Express.


It’s one thing to read the law, but how do you ensure you comply with it and provide the best learning experience for your students?

IDEA: From Paper to Practice
Gives background information, insight, and strategies every inclusive classroom teacher and a guide to applying i.d.e.a. in the inclusive classroom

Complexities of Collaboration
Hosted by Dr. Marilyn Friend, illustrates five significant dilemmas that occur when school professionals work together.

Educating Peter
Classic documentary illustrates how Peter’s classmates' wary tolerance grows into sincere acceptance as they actively involve themselves in his process of socialization.

Elementary Ed
Tells us the story of Daniel and Cory, two 5th graders on the autism spectrum at Ed Smith Elementary in Syracuse, N.Y. It sheds insight about the challenge of educating children with autism and perhaps a window of light about their academic future.

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