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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dr. Lou Brown of Indiana University

As I sat listening, at the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center's annual conference this weekend "Follow the Yellow Brick Road...Beyond Our Wildest Dreams" to the second keynote speaker, nationally recognized education specialist Dr. Lou Brown - all I could think of was what a brilliant and insightful man that reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield!!! What a treat!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to stay for the entire conference and probably will never get this opportunity again, I did do a little research and found some of Dr. Brown's podcasts. If you have a child or loved one with Down syndrome or ANY disability you need to spend a little time with Dr. Brown. If you follow the link in this title you'll come to the main page of the education forum, where he is a faculty member. The below link will take you directly to the following brief podcasts:

Episode 1---Slab Class
This story explores the history of clustering students with disabilities based on irrelevant dimensions. Environments for all students should be rich, stimulating, colorful and varied.

Episode 2 -- Integrated Recess
This story explores making accommodations in non-classroom environments. The longer a student is taught in a segregated setting, the harder it is to learn how to function in integrated society.

Dr. Lou Brown also has a video series ~ Unplugged. As you'll note from the website, it's expensive but I would gather you could get it at a local library or Down syndrome organization. The DSAHRC has it and we will be watching it. You should too! Dr. Brown left me wanting more information and his ability to tell a story can make hours seem like minutes.

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