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Issue Date: Spring 1997

NAOMI ZIGMOND RECEIVES CEC'S 1997 RESEARCH AWARD

Naomi Zigmond, professor of special education at the University of Pittsburgh, was presented with the 1997 CEC Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the association's 75th Anniversary Convention, April 9-13, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Zigmond's outstanding work has led to significant improvements in the education of children and youth with disabilities. (click here to continue)



THE ADVANTAGES OF PARAPROFESSIONALS

You see them everywhere; in elementary, middle and high schools, vocational-technical schools, in special education settings and in regular education settings. We know them by many names; paraprofessionals, para-educators, teacher aides, associate teachers and student aides. They are overworked and underpaid but, most of all, they love their jobs!(click here to continue)



SPECIAL CHILDREN, CHALLENGED PARENTS

A book for parents, Special Children, Challenged Parents (The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability)(1997, Birch Lane Press) was written by Philadelphia family counselor, Robert Naseef, Ph.D. As a psychologist, he has worked with families and children with special needs for fifteen years. As a father, Dr. Naseef knows first hand the pain and the rewards of raising a son with a disability. Written with professional expertise and fatherly compassion, this is a book from the heart that offers practical ways of coping with life -- (click here to continue)



WANTED: SPECIAL EDUCATION RECRUITERS

Do you enjoy talking to people about what it's like to be a special educator? If so, the National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education needs you! The Clearinghouse maintains a pool of volunteer special education recruiters to assist potential special educators as they explore the career and determine whether it is right for them. (click here to continue)



PENNSYLVANIA HAS TWO "YES I CAN!" WINNERS

Congratulations are certainly in order for two Pennsylvania students who were selected as recipients of the Foundation for Exceptional Children's 1997 "Yes I Can!" award. Both of the Pennsylvania "Yes I Can!" winners won in the area of Community Service. Congratulations go out to Bradley T. Cisar from Pittsburgh and to Matthew Fuller from Stewartstown. Bradley and Matthew were included in a group of thirty-five students that was selected from nominations that were received from across North America and Russia.

Congrats again to Pennsylvania's "Yes I Can!" awardees, Bradley and Matthew, and to all of the other Pennsylvania children and youth who were nominated by PFCEC members.

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