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Equine therapy offers tangible benefits

By Dory Chamas On horseback, Fernando becomes taller — in more ways than one. I have started taking students to equine therapy because I believe it is really valuable for students who have disabilities. The class has been visiting Arizona Horseriding Adventures™ in Waddell over the past couple of months. During each visit the instructor […]

Walmart tour opens members’ minds to job opportunities

By Mark DeAngelis Preparing for employment is like getting ready for a marathon. You need to understand what’s expected of you physically and be skilled in doing it — whether it’s shrink-wrapping, lifting, placing documents in a scanner or perhaps typing — but you also need to have a clear mental picture of what a […]

Neighborhood project builds understanding

By Roger Cardillo Sometimes, looking at something from a different angle makes it easier to understand. With that thought in mind, my students and I are becoming builders together and we are assembling a scale model of the local community. Using paper, paint, cardboard and popsicle sticks, we’re going to create a bird’s-eye view of […]

Assistive Technology conference set for Feb. 3

By Niraj Parikh        As I work alongside members and staff, integrating assistive technology (AT) into the culture at Gompers, I have noticed many positive changes. Students in our school who were basically nonverbal now talk, sometimes in full sentences. A handful of individuals in our Employment Services center whose physical abilities provided a barrier to […]

Bridget sees the light — in the best possible way

By Mark DeAngelis When it’s hard to move your gaze, it’s more challenging to learn. I have been working with a student named Bridget in Heather Hall’s classroom. Bridget has a visual impairment that challenges her ability to track motion — like Ms. Hall pointing to the SMART Board, for example. Because of this impairment, […]