Soundprint: Educating Emily
Soundprint: Educating Emily
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:00pm
Emily has Cerebral Palsy, and is learning not only to communicate, but also to reach her full potential as a human being.
Soundprint, a radio series hosted by Lisa Simeone, looks at computers and teaching, and the life of a young girl with cerebral palsy this week. Teaching: The Next Generation airs Tuesday, January 18 at 10 p.m., and again on Sunday, January 23 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370. In conversations about the use of technology in schools, what you'll often hear is: Once we have a cadre of young teachers and administrators who've grown up with technology, computer use in schools will take off. This program examines that premise by following a young teacher, Brian Mason (7th grade American History) as he begins his second year in the classroom. The program also explores Mr. Mason's approach to teaching by testing his theories about "what works" against the opinions of education experts. This program is part of our ongoing series on education and technology, and is funded in part by the United States Department of Education.
Immediately following at 10:30 p.m., AM 1370 presents Educating Emily, as part of Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies that stimulates community dialogue about the abilities of people with disabilities. Twelve-year-old Emily lives with her mother in a small town in the mountains of West Virginia. Emily has cerebral palsy, and is one of three-quarters of a million children in the United States with developmental disabilities she has impaired hearing, very limited speech and didn't learn to walk until she went to school. Because of Emily's inability to communicate in conventional ways, educators and other professionals initially had little idea of what her mental capabilities were, nor how much she could learn. But advances in communication technology, plus the love and commitment of family, teachers, therapists and community, have meant that Emily is learning not only to communicate, but also to reach her full potential as a human being. This program is part of our ongoing series on education and technology and is funded in part by the United States Department of Education.
Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series is a week-long outreach initiative designed to encourage community conversations about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming broadcast on WXXI-TV and AM 1370 that celebrates the amazing lives of people with disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 16-23. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.