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April, a Time for Autism Awareness……a Time to show Compassion

April 1, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Once again April is upon us and while it brings the thought of spring time, it also reminds us as a community how important it is to address the subject of Autism.  While some of us discuss Autism all year long for many April is the one time of year when society discusses Autism; how does it happen, why does it happen and what can we do to not only be aware of Autism but to accept all forms of neurodiversity.  These are all valid discussions but let’s not forget those who have yet to be diagnosed.  In spite of what the statistics say, I believe there are many more children and adults who are never diagnosed. Read the rest of this entry →

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Children’s Book Review: Just Like You

February 9, 2012 in Book Review by Dennise Goldberg

The other day I was watching a talk show and one of the guests brought in a book to help promote disability awareness and acceptance. “Just Like You,” is a book about a spider named Boris, who has one bad leg and a field mouse, named Henry who could not hear or speak. They are best friends who play and live by themselves in the forest; the other animals bullied and shunned them because they were different. One hot day, a fire breaks out in the forest, so Boris and Henry utilize their unique ways to communicate and spread the word that a fire was taking over the forest. Once the forest animals escaped danger, they looked past Boris and Henry’s disabilities and looked at them as equals. Read the rest of this entry →

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