I’m Ba-ack!

This post is an explanation of my absence, and a preview to anticipated changes over the next several months.  Read on…

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.  A few days ago, when I tried to enter a new post, I discovered it had disappeared.  All I could think about was years’ worth of data down the tubes.  Quite a bit of activity involving this site occurred during the past several months, it turns out, which collectively resulted in the site “going away” temporarily.  No, I didn’t miss any payments; and no, I didn’t accidentally wreck it myself. Here’s what happened.

Recently, this site was to be updated by someone, a professional site developer and marketing person who also happens to be a relative. Instead of being updated, the site was basically destroyed.  My suspicion is that the updater was less familiar with the site configuration than she believed herself to be.  Unfortunately, she did not want to admit this and made the classic “young person’s” mistake of not backing up the site before “updating” it.  I was afraid I would need to start all over again.  However, between WordPress and GoDaddy (where I host this site), enough backup information was available from the last successful post on this site that everything was restored.  (Hooray for WordPress and GoDaddy!!)  From now on, all changes will be done by me, regardless of my limited computing skills. Both companies offer plenty of resources and certified web site developers that, if I get frustrated, professional help is available.

Another reason for no activity here: a month or two ago, a serious illness knocked the wind out of my sails, leaving me unable to work much on the computer at all, much less at almost anything else.  Although I still have more “off” days than “on” ones, I’ve made the decision to concentrate on my blogs and the distribution of information related to education, and stop worrying about consulting.  There will be some changes to the way the site looks as well as the way the site operates.  However, the information will be as up to date as possible, and I hope to reach not only education professionals, but also parents and other professionals who work with children.  Features I hope to add include webinars and recorded videos targeted at learning problems and behavioral issues.  There will be guest blogging professionals, both in text and visual media.  Links to related reading and other materials and resources will be increased for your convenience.  These changes will take place gradually, so don’t expect everything at once.  As I said, I’m no longer a professional computing person, and it will take some time to get everything up to speed.  But updating this site will be as much a learning experience for me as a way to share what I know, especially about special education and behavioral issues.

So please bear with me as this site gradually develops into something more useful to all of us.  Thanks for your patience with me and support for the posts to date.  Without your readership, this blog would have folded long ago.

Watch for the changes!

Mostly, watch for my next posts that might be important to you and your students or offspring.

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NCSER announces FY 2012 Awards

For those readers interested in recent research grants awarded by the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the list of grants has been announced and can be viewed that the site below. If you are planning research or are looking for a grant for next year, the list includes the types of proposals that address the latest areas of critical need, and offer a good place to explore future research options.

NCSER announces FY 2012 Awards.

URL: http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/12awards2.asp

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Anthony Smith, Hearing-Impaired Boy, Gets Custom Superhero, ‘The Blue Ear,’ From Marvel Comics (PHOTOS)

By now, you have heard the story about the 4-year-old and the blue ear. But I thought I would share it again because it shows how much can be accomplished when people work together. And what is education if not for the power of team work?

Anthony Smith, a 4-year-old hearing-impaired New Hampshire boy, was confident superheroes didn’t wear hearing aids.

So when his mother, Christina D’Allesandro, asked him to put in his “blue ear” one day, he put up a fight.

Flummoxed by her son’s reaction,D’Allesandro emailed Marvel Comics to see if there were any superheroes who might be able to help, WCVB reports.

For the rest of the article, click on the link below. And don’t forget to check out the great artwork this little boy’s blue ear inspired!

Anthony Smith, Hearing-Impaired Boy, Gets Custom Superhero, ‘The Blue Ear,’ From Marvel Comics (PHOTOS).

If this link does not work, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/22/marvel-comics-artists-create-blue-ear-hearing-impaired-boy_n_1537300.html#s=1008561

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