VSA Playwright Discovery Program, sponsored by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Department of VSA and Accessibility, invites young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities in grades 6–12 to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance: plays, screenplays, spoken word poetry (for single performer or a group), or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short works from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. The competition has three divisions: Primary (grades 6 and 7/ages 11–13), Junior (grades 8 and 9/ages 13–15), and Senior (grades 10–12/ages 15–18). A panel of theater professionals will select the division winners. One winning script will be chosen in the Primary and Junior Divisions. These winners will be featured in the press and on The Kennedy Center website. Selected winners in the Senior Division will receive exclusive access to participate in The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC, from April 20 to 22, 2017. They will also have the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation’s premier collegiate playwrights, as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony. VSA provides free resources to guide educators and students through the playwriting process.
Every student, regardless of ability, can communicate, engage in learning, and show measurable progress. Creating a classroom environment that offers a variety of accessible classroom-ready solutions will provide opportunities to increase communication, social skills, and problem-solving skills while building independence. To help in that effort, AbleNet invites teachers to sign up online for a free, downloadable assistive technology ideas guide.
With the widespread school closures creating a situation where many families are facing the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging children with autism or other special needs at home, Stages Learning Materials is offering a freeAutism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.
Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.
Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.
Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.