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How Differences Make Us Alike. Presenters Coleen Martin Michele Haider-Markel Catherine Glidewell Realities of Education Dr. Martina Thompson June 26, 2003. IDEA. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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How differences make us alike
How Differences Make Us Alike


Coleen Martin

Michele Haider-Markel

Catherine Glidewell

Realities of Education

Dr. Martina Thompson

June 26, 2003


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

This act enables all students to a free and appropriate education and the right to learn in a least restrictive environment.

Mission statement for the lawrence public schools
Mission Statement for the Lawrence Public Schools

The mission of the Lawrence Public Schools is to enable all students to acquire developmentally appropriate skills and knowledge necessary to become informed decision makers and effective communicators who will assume responsible roles in society; this will be accomplished by teaching all students challenging curricula in stimulating and flexible environments enriched through parental involvement and the resources of a community committed to the conviction that all children can learn.

The case

When: Early 1990’s

Where: Littleton, a small city

What: Successful inclusion of a student with disabilities

How: IDEA Act

Who: Cara and Daniel

Key issues questions
Key Issues/Questions activity/simulation.

1. How has Cara handled the addition of a student with significant needs in her classroom?

2. What type of approach is Cara taking for problem solving?

3. What are some activities that can be done with the class to facilitate understanding of Daniel’s disability?

Wheely willy
Wheely Willy activity/simulation.

“How Willy Got His Wheels" tells the true experience of a tiny paraplegic dog, rescued from a dismal set of circumstances. This children's book is the story of his dynamic, joy filled approach to life. He is a motivational symbol for all of us, who often forget to be thankful on a daily basis. The love, compassion, courage and humanitarian qualities of this unique animal teach us how to overcome disabilities of any type.