The AHS life skills students will take part in creating spirit/holiday cards, buttons, gift tags and other projects they wish to sell to their community and school. This program gives them the chance to be involved in each aspect of a business and have the satisfaction of completing a job and seeing it fulfill a purpose. They will distribute the products they have made to different departments in school and collect the funds, counting up the total profit.
Allen High School - Jessica Jones
When working with students with significant cognitive and physical disabilities, it is often hard to imagine what they will do in their post-secondary life. With this grant, students will practice sorting various items within the classroom such as chips, candy, different brands of toothpaste, silverware, etc. and then the teachers will take the students to different locations around the school to practice the implementation of these skills that will be transferable to the workplace.
Lowery - Stormy Scott
Special education students working on programs, researching for projects, and/or practicing for various academic skills need to be able to hear what is being said on the device they are using. With headphones, students would be able to maintain focus on the task and not be distracted by the small group teaching and distractions of the classroom around them. In return, their programs would not disturb the learning of the other students working in the classroom.
Chandler - Shayne Williams
Students with disabilities in Allen ISD have a new tool for learning. By providing a large screen iPad, students are able to access learning applications and the internet without having to have the coordination and ability to operate a mouse and a keyboard. Since many students with disabilities also have vision impairments, the larger screen provides a way to enlarge the viewing area without losing the context of the page.
Olson - Patricia Reyna
Many of the students in the DEAR and resource classrooms at Preston Elementary lack the needed sensory play that is crucial to their development. Sensory equipment, such as texture pads, trampolines, and kinetic sand, will help students discover and interact with the world around them. They will help Autistic students work through their difficulties with sense of touch, gain core strength and give the needed sensory output they are desiring.
Preston - Tawana Rhodes
The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention system will provide daily, intensive, small group curriculum resources to our Special Education Resource classes (K-6), which will supplement classroom literacy teachings. This system will turn struggling readers into successful and confident readers and writers.
Vaughan - Sarah Yonts
Allen High School students, supported by peer coaches, explore and learn about the world of robotics in the Unified Robotics Club. The first Special Olympics Robotics team in Texas hopes to help other school establish teams and expand this area of interest and competition.
Allen High School - Lynn Klodzinski
Special Education children can be distracted, squirmy, wiggly, and full of energy. Hokki Stools allow knees, hips and backs to find comfortable and ever changing positions so that sitting while learning is no longer a sedentary activity. It is ideal for children with ADD (inattentive, impulse, or hyperactivity) and autism, as it provides an outlet for restlessness and extra energy while not distracting others.
Chandler - Erica Ahedo
Many DEAR students have decreased muscle tone or a constant need for movement-based sensory input that contributes to fidgeting, making it tough for them to engage in learning. Keeping a child's attention on their school work can be challenging. Implementing wobble chairs directly impacts learning by giving students a tool to help them be successful.
Reed - Antoinette Tillinghast
Through the "Working Toward Independence" project, Special Education students at AHS develop a variety of skills leading to more independence both in the home and community. They plan meals, grocery shop, and cook as well as eat out at restaurants. The positive outcomes for students and families in terms of increased independence, self-esteem, and more meaningful participation in home and community life has been amazing.
Allen High School - Kelly Brown