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About the author:
Nina G is currently living in Oakland, California. Nina is a humorist who performs with The Comedians with Disabilities Act who bring disability awareness to night club and college audiences through comedy. She is also an educator and disability activist educating people through workshops, keynote addresses, and trainings. Workshop topics include universal design in teaching, disability awareness, and humor as a coping strategy.
Once Upon An Accommodation
A Book About Learning Disabilities
Matt finds out that he has a Learning Disability but doesn't know what that means. He soon finds out that he is smart and with the right accommodations, advocacy and support he can realize his dreams.
From the Preface:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 have Learning Disabilities. Learning Disabilities affect people of all socio-economic levels, ethnicities, genders, and ages. People with Learning Disabilities are faced with many challenges throughout childhood and adulthood. One of the first places they experience difficulties is in school. School is not only an important time to learn academic skills, but also an important time for children with disabilities to learn about their strengths and how to advocate for their rights. Research on successful adults with Learning Disabilities demonstrates that factors associated with these adults include self-awareness, being proactive, perseverance, goal setting, support systems, and emotional coping strategies (www.Frostig.org). Fostering these qualities in children can be just as important as fostering their academic growth.
Once Upon An Accommodation addresses questions children and adults may have about Learning Disabilities, accommodations, and how to go about self-advocacy. These issues are the same whether you are 8 or 88.
The story depicts the main character, Matt, getting accommodations through a 504 meeting/plan. Many children and adults receive accommodations under a 504 plan. Some children may also have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), but the IEP expires when they exit high school. A 504 plan with appropriate documentation, however, can extend into college. In that vein, college students recently diagnosed with a Learning Disability may also enjoy and benefit from the information in this book.
It is important for individuals with Learning Disabilities to take ownership of their challenges, strengths, and to advocate!
Some suggested possible uses for this book:
* Psychologists might recommend this book to children, adults, and families whom they diagnose with Learning Disabilities or see in therapy.
* Resource Rooms in Special Education Departments or schools specializing in Learning and Attentional Disabilities might carry copies of this book to help students understand and advocate for their particular learning needs.
* Mainstream schools might incorporate this book into their collections to help children with or without disabilities become more attuned to issues surrounding diversity and the Disabled community.
* Doctor's offices, psychology/speech/learning clinics, and other practices might display this book in their waiting rooms.
* Parents might read this book with their children to better understand the child's experience. The workbook at the end of the story offers ways for children to express their own experiences with Learning Disabilities as well. The activities in "Once Upon a Workbook" are designed to foster dialogue and address feelings of isolation that people with disabilities sometimes experience.
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- Publication Date:
- 1482554445 / 9781482554441
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 7.44" x 9.69"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Education / Special Education / Learning Disabilities