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Upcoming Presentation - April 30, 2012

on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:00

As I have mentioned, the Georgia Asperger's Organization has invited me to present "Special Needs, the Education System, and the Law," an overview of the IEP process and special education law with tips for getting the best IEP for your child.  The presentation will be at 7 pm at the Barrow Regional Medical Center on 316 N. Broad St., Winder, GA 30680.  Go to the third floor and look for the signs.  All are welcome.

Meeting Lois Curtis - April 27, 2012

on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 13:35

I had the pleasure of meeting Lois Curtis last night.  Lois was one of two plaintiffs in Olmstead v. L.C., the 1999 Supreme Court decision holding that people with disabilities were entitled to community placements rather than instutitional placements if they medically qualified.  Georgia argued that the Americans with Disabilities Act was not violated if community placements were denied due to lack of funding, rather than animus to the disabled.  The Supreme Court rejected that position, effectively holding that lack of funding does not justify inappropriate treatment of those with special needs.

Not only is Lois a legal legend, she is also an accomplished artist, showing that every can make valuable and beautiful contributions to our diverse society.

 

Upcoming Events

Autism Speaks and the Marcus Autism Center are sponsoring an event titled "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Surveillance, Research, and Resources" on Saturday, May 5 from 8 am to noon.  Go to marcus.org and register by April 27.

I will be presenting "Special Needs, the Education System, and the Law" at the Georgia Asperger's Organization in Barrow County on May 3 at 6:30 pm.

Recent Events - April 20, 2012

on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 13:50

Last night, I attended a wonderful presentation by John Elder Robison at the CDC.  He discussed his life experiences as a person with Asperger's syndrome.  He talked briefly about education, focusing on social skills.  Mr. Robison suggested that the most important social skill to develop was choosability.  In other words, developing sufficient social skills to not push people away - moving from offputting to excentric.  Once someone is not actively driving people away based on social discomfort, one's achievements and special skills can come forward, drawing people in and causing them to include one in social activities.

Upcoming Events

Autism Speaks and the Marcus Autism Center are sponsoring an event titled "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Surveillance, Research, and Resources" on Saturday, May 5 from 8 am to noon.  Go to marcus.org and register by April 27.

I will be presenting "Special Needs, the Education System, and the Law" at the Georgia Asperger's Organization in Barrow County on May 3 at 6:30 pm.  More information as it becomes available.

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