Piedmonters for Resources, Advocacy & Information in Special Education.
PRAISE is a group of Piedmont parents who work collaboratively with the Piedmont Unified School District & other parent organizations, to support and raise awareness for families whose children have special education needs.
“It is important to remind people that “special” needs (like education) are not really “special”- they are the same needs and rights that every person should enjoy- the delivery specifics are what’s different.”
Parents of neurodiverse children, who have communication deficits and/or cannot understand social cues, live in fear that their children may engage in behavior and/or communicate in a way that may compromise their safety. Join the PRAISE board for a Q&A with Chief Bowers as we discuss ways to keep neurodiverse children in our community safe and what officer training and protocols the PPD has when issues arise.
Neurodiversity refers to the idea that neurological differences (like those that occur in autism, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders) are part of the normal spectrum of human experience, and contribute positively to the cultural landscape. Studies show that such learning
differences affect as many as 1 in 5 people. A greater
awareness of neurodiversity not only helps to prevent discrimination, it opens us up to the many benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Neurodiversity in Our Schools
Studies show that the teaching techniques developed to help
students with learning differences have a positive impact on all students. These include differentiated learning, multisensory approaches, social skills development, and executive functioning strategies. Equity in public education for all types of learners is guaranteed by law and supported by public funds, as well as by teams of trained staff at every public school.