Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Nike Raising Autism Awareness

Still raising awareness... yesterday, today and forever!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Call for Chapters

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1st Submission Deadline February 15, 2017                          2nd Submission Deadline March 15, 2017
Equity, Equality and Reform in Contemporary Public Education
A book edited by Marquis C. Grant (Grand Canyon University)

The American pubic education system has predicated upon the idea of equality. The values embedded in our academic institutions, dating back centuries to a time much different than our own. Our focus on EQUALITY instead of EQUITY may have contributed to the marginalization of the very children that we have sought to eradicate. Equality means giving individuals the exact same things. Equity is giving individuals what they need to promote fairness. By focusing on giving our children the SAME opportunities, instead of FAIR opportunities, would this explain:
•              Persistent achievement gaps?
•              Low performing schools?
•              Disproportionality in special education?
•              Low graduation rates?
•              High drop-out rates?

Objective of the Book

Equality and equity are often mischaracterized, albeit erroneously, as interchangeable terms in public education. This may explain why efforts towards reform and restructure are often not met with any real measure of success. This book will offer discussions about equity, including historical and social contexts of equity, rationale (if any) for continued focus on equality, school reform as a form of equity and the how a Eurocentric curriculum prohibits an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities in modern education. 
Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of in various disciplines, e.g. education, sociology, policy and administration, cultural studies, legal theory, education, curriculum & development, race theory, and gender studies. Moreover, Equity, Equality and Reform in Contemporary Public Education will provide insights and support educators and policy makers concerned with improving the current contexts of education and supporting measures of reform that will support student achievement in public education.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
·         Equity & Equality: Race (Brown vs. Board of Education)
·         Equity & Equality: Disability (IDEA, ADA, Section 504)
·         Equity & Equality: Socioeconomics (ESEA, No Child Left Behind)
·         Special Education Funding: Idealism vs. realism in special education programs
·         Achievement gaps and low performing schools
·         The impact of poverty and socioeconomics and student achievement
·         Disproportionality in special education
·         Race-based disciplinary actions
·         Multicultural education/cultural responsiveness
·         School reform and the race towards equity
·         Charter schools and voucher programs
·         Gender biases in education (STEM)
·         Feasibility of a Eurocentric curriculum in a diverse society 
Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 15, 2017 a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. The link for proposal submissions is
Authors will be notified by April 15, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.
Important Dates
February 1, 2017 & March 15, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 15, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2017: Full Chapter Submission
September 30, 2017: Review Results Returned
October 15, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification
October 30, 2017: Final Chapter Submission
Inquiries can be forwarded to
Dr. Marquis C. Grant
Grand Canyon University


Friday, December 9, 2016

Things I'm Over in 2016

  1. Playing nice
  2. Crying over spilled milk
  3. IEP meetings (personally and professionally)
  4. Being passive
  5. Not taking chances
  6. Fake friendships
  7. Gossip (giving and receiving)
  8. Exes (need I say more?)
  9. Bills (wishful thinking)
  10. Excuses
  11. Stress
  12. Depression
  13. Rude people
  14. Liars
  15. Special education (which isn't so special)
  16. Idealism (which sucks)
  17. Fast food (don't hold me to this one)
  18. Taxes
  19. The Election
  20. The Election (yep, it's here twice)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What I Know For Sure

I realized today that there are things in life that are absolute, no exception:
1. Making mistakes is a privilege.
2. Being happy with what you have is easier said than done.
3. You're only as happy as your saddest child.
4. Being right doesn't make you happy...but it does make you smarter. 😌
5. People will remember the bad things you've done because it makes them feel better about themselves.
6. Having 1 good friend that you can depend on is pretty lonely.
7. If life throws you lemons...DUCK!
8. Life and weekends are too short.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Parents as Therapists (Courtesy of My Life My Autism)

Parents as Therapists

With the high costs associated with raising a child with autism, many parents are desperate to find ways in which to support their children with limited financial resources. Many states now allow insurance companies to cover some or all of the costs of services such as speech and ABA therapy. However, there are still some families in need of additional options that will improve the outcomes of their children.
Organizations like Rethink Autism offer cost-efficient alternatives for families who may be in need of additional support or who, for whatever reason, may not be able to cover the cost of therapy. Rethink Autism specifically supports families, caregivers and professionals through guided instruction using targeted "behaviorally-based teaching strategies..." with a "sequence of 7-10 minute training modules model all of the research-based techniques used in our expert-reviewed, video-based lesson curriculum in jargon-free accessible language." 
As with any program, families should do their research before making any final decisions. Questions that should be asked during the decision-making process include:
  1. What do I want for my child?
  2. What am I getting for the money that I will be paying to use the service?
  3. Are the recommended strategies research-based?
  4. Will I be able to chart my child's growth as I am using the program?
  5. How do the programs compare to one another?
  6. Does the program offer support through email or by telephone if I have questions or concerns that I need to be addressed?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Autism...The Next Unsung

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that autism has all but vanished from the public consciousness? I remember several years ago the big push to Light It Up Blue and how everyone seem to have some sort of opinion about the hows and whys of autism. Now you will be hard-pressed to find even the slightest mention of autism in the media. So what has happened to change the attention that was given to promoting and supporting autism acceptance? I know a lot of people objected to the whole Light It Up Blue initiative because it was associated with Autism Speaks. But now there are no true initiatives in place to keep autism on the forefront. What will that mean for my children and the children of others? I don't know...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rock the Vote

Whomever you are, whatever you do, exercise your right to vote!!!