Source: LA SCHOOL REPORT, May 1, 2015A few hours on a Saturday afternoon at a Special Olympics event over 30 years ago changed the course of Teri Hayden’s life, and now it looks as if those few hours have changed the lives of hundreds of disabled student athletes at LA Unified. After several years of pitches and proposals from Hayden — an adaptive physical education teacher and coordinator with the district — the organization that oversees scholastic athletics for LA Unified made the district the first in California to have an official division for students with disabilities.
REGISTER TODAY!!!!The Division of Special Education is hosting an exciting two-day Summer Institute for 300 Special Education Teachers Grades K-3 Core Curriculum on August 3-4, 2015 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Conference Center in Los Angeles. Focus will be on early literacy skills and social emotional learning. Teachers will be compensated twelve hours at their hourly rate.
California Education Code (EC) sections 56390–56392 allows students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies and activities. They may participate whether or not they have completed all state and local graduation requirements for a diploma or certificate or document of educational achievement.
Check out the Division of Special Education newsletter for April 2015!
The LAUSD Wheelchair Basketball Program is an inclusion-model sports training and competition program that is being provided at select high schools throughout LAUSD by the Adapted Physical Education Department. The Adapted Physical Education Teacher conditions and trains the students on the Wheelchair Basketball team and prepares them for interscholastic competition.
My PlayClub® is a free community outreach program of Shane’s Inspiration.The purpose of the club is to foster social inclusion for children with disabilities on our playgrounds. My PlayClub is open to children of ALL abilities and meets monthly for a play date at one of Shane’s Inspiration’s Inclusive Playgrounds. Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, and Snacks are provided (but please feel free to bring a sack lunch). Sponsors often provide special entertainment or activities for the children, as well as bus transportation for those in need.