April is National Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

By Meghan Mulvenna, Behavior Specialist When I was in undergraduate school, twenty years ago, there was a mention of Autism in a chapter in a textbook about Developmental Disabilities; today, there are full certificate programs focused on Autism. We now consider it to be a spectrum, as the varying ways that people with Autism present […]

Tools to ELEVATE Your Special Education Program

The Co-op’s ELEVATE program is designed to equip schools with the tools to provide a high quality special education program. High quality special education starts with high quality instruction! Having high quality instruction requires ongoing administrative support. It is essential for administrators to position themselves to provide frequent and useful feedback to all instructional staff. […]

Co-op Wins a SEEF Grant

The Co-op is thrilled to announced that we are a recipient of the Special Education Enhancement Fund (SEEF) grant from DC’s Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE). This grant will support our project “Creating A High Quality Full Continuum of Placements for Students” through the Co-op’s Special Education Leadership Development Cohort Program. The program is designed to allow us […]

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Expose, Engage, Empower: Employing Youth with Disabilities

Expose, Engage, Empower Happy Hour Recap On September 28, 2017 the Co-op hosted our first-ever business professional happy hour, Engage, Expose, Empower: Employing Youth with Disabilities to stir up conversation and collaboration! The event was a huge success! Through panel discussion and informal networking, we engaged with community members about the benefits of providing internships to […]

INCLUDE DC – Free Conference for DC Teachers!

Early Childhood Teachers in DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools are invited to attend a free conference: INCLUDE DC – Supporting Students With Disabilities in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms. Conference sessions will focus on practical strategies for addressing the needs of students with disabilities within the general education classroom. Topics include: Autism in Early Childhood, Sensory Needs […]

D.C. Special Education Cooperative's 2016 Alternative Spring Break Program, March 28-April 1, 2016 Washington, DC (Rodney Choice/Choice Photography/www.choicephotography.com)

Alternative Spring Break

There are close to 13,000 students with IEPs enrolled in DCPS and DC public charter schools.  Studies show that students with disabilities are more likely than their peers without disabilities to experience unemployment, lower pay, and higher job dissatisfaction.  Experts agree that for students with disabilities having work and work-based experiences as a student are […]

Alternative Spring Break: an innovative program for DC Charter Students with Disabilities

Washington, DC, March 24, 2016 Instead of hanging out during their spring break, 25 charter high school students with learning challenges and disabilities will participate in a pilot project, Alternative Spring Break, with the purpose of preparing them for all aspects of life after high school including career exploration and readiness, social skills development, and instruction […]