Category : Exceptional Children
Written on February 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Popularity of Charter Schools Charter schools are becoming more popular.1 One reason is their focus of different academic programs compared to a traditional school curriculum. Charter schools are still public schools, but the charter allows them to be exempt from certain state laws. This enables a charter school to tailor their education programs differently than Continue Reading »
Written on February 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
An Apple store employee in the Nashville, TN area gets big kudos for his compassion in dealing with a child with autism and downs syndrome. The 9 year old child was in the store with his mother to get an iPad. He accidentally ran into a door and fell to the ground. The employee sat Continue Reading »
Written on January 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
IDEA Requirements The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 20 U.S.C. § 1400(d)(1)(A) 2012), requires states receiving federal education funds to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to all children with disabilities.1 This is the standard used in determining whether a child with disabilities is receiving appropriate educational services. North Carolina receives federal education Continue Reading »
Written on January 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Tim Tebow, former NFL player, formed TimTebowFoundation.org. This organization helped organize an event called “Night to Shine” for special needs teenagers. These teens will get dinner and dancing at a local church. This same scenario is happening in 49 other churches in 26 states around the country. Additionally, two other ministries have made this event possible Continue Reading »
Written on April 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Your Vote Counts! Local school board elections are upon us. Signs are everywhere for the candidates. In the past I did not pay as much attention to the local elections as I should. However, with children in the public schools, I am realizing more and more the importance of the members of the school board. Continue Reading »
Written on June 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Former Miss Iowa pageant winner involved in pageant for girls with disabilities Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa pageant winner in 2008, is helping girls with disabilities participate in a pageant. In an interview, Ms. Curran, who has Cerebral Palsy, stated that she has been involved with the pageant for 10 years. Girls with all types of special needs participate Continue Reading »
Written on March 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Placement and Accommodations Now that the first round of lottery selections have been completed in Durham County schools, some parents of children with special needs may be wondering whether they selected the proper school for their child and what accommodations will be needed. Placement All Exceptional Children (EC) students are entitled to the same education as Continue Reading »