On Monday, April 27, 2015, William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone, presented practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.
Dr. Henderson discussed actions that individuals can take and policies that schools can develop to promote a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He also highlighted how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.
As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.
This program was co-sponsored by SEPAC, the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.
On Monday, March 23, 2015, Dr. Alan Wachtel presented his lecture on ADHD and mood disorders.
Dr. Wachtel discussed strategies, medication options and treatments for children who struggle with mood and attention. He will cover school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize a child’s ability to learn. In addition, he will address the benefits and risks of various treatments and decisions when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child's life.
Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book. He is a board certified psychiatrist and is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates and a Distinguished Life Fellow APA.
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