AUBURN – Inside Auburn’s Richland Elementary School, Auburn University students oversee a trio of three-year-old children having fun with swings, tricycles and exercise balls. What appears to be a typical recess period for children is actually an exercise in “incidental teaching” for students in the university’s College of Education.
The three children are among the 50 receiving extended school year services as part of Auburn’s 2011 Summer Program for Students with Disabilities. The children, from Auburn, Opelika, Lee County and Chambers County, have developmental disabilities affecting social interaction and communication.
AUBURN – Researchers in an Alabama educational alliance have received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help Alabama students with disabilities earn college degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and, ultimately, enter the workforce.
The funding was granted to the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – which is a collaborative effort involving Alabama State University, Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Tuskegee University, Central Alabama Community College, Southern Union State Community College and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. The alliance also includes six school districts in Lee, Chambers, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon and Tallapoosa counties and has an outreach component that covers the entire state.
AUBURN – During the nineteenth annual Alabama Transition Conference, state and national experts will focus on ways to prepare youth with disabilities for the challenges of adulthood. The conference takes place March 2-3 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. It is hosted by the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, a research and outreach extension of the Auburn University College of Education.
“The conference will bring together people and organizations with the expertise to help young adults with disabilities as they seek employment or continue their education,” said Karen Rabren, director of the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute and an associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling/School Psychology. “It will focus on supporting Alabama’s school systems, agencies, employers and communities in helping youth reach their goals.”