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U.S. Secretary of Education Urges States to End Corporal Punishment in Schools
U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. sent a letter today urging state leaders to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice repeatedly linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students. Data has shown that students with disabilities and students of color are disproportionally impacted by corporal punishment.
Minneapolis teacher writes about passing genetic disorder to his son
Carl Leupker was diagnosed at the age of 10 with a genetic condition known as dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes painful muscle spasms and affects his speech. It makes it difficult to walk, write, and speak. Despite his challenges, Carl spent 20 years teaching in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and is married with two children.
His son, Liam, who is now 11, has been diagnosed with dystonia. Leupker recently wrote an article for the Washington Post about passing this disorder to his son.
“Like any loving parent, I don’t regret anything about who my child was born to be,” Leupker writes. “Dystonia has been cruel enough to me that I’m angry only at the injustice that Liam will have to relive this struggle in his own way.”
Leupker has also written the first of a trilogy titled Spite: The Biding Time Series , a fantasy story about children with disabilities and the power they unlock with the help of an energy healer.
The Kindle edition of the book is available on Amazon. PACER supporters can make purchases on AmazonSmile , which will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to Pacer Center, Inc.
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Introduction to Assistive Technology for Young LearnersDate: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special EducationDate: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Finding Success in Employment and Postsecondary EducationDate: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:30pm-8:30pmLocation: Lakeville
PODD: Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Displays – Two day introductory trainingDate: Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 8:00am-4:30pmLocation: PACER Center
Evening Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and PhoneticsDate: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 6:30pm-7:30pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Morning Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and PhoneticsDate: Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 10:00am-11:00amLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming
Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEPDate: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:30pm-8:00pmLocation: PACER Center - also available via online streaming