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Using Technology for Success in the Workplace
Using Technology in the Workplace

The Mansfield ISD Special Education Department will host a ESC Region 11 Using Technology for Success at Work on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for 504 and special education students in grades 8-12 and their families.

This free face-to-face interactive session will provide an overview of how to utilize smartphones, tablets and other readily available devices to facilitate student productivity, independence and success in the workplace.

Interested attendees should register at this link. For more information, download the flyer or contact Carla Johnson at 817-740-3614 or cjohnson@esc11.net, Ebony Harris at EbonyHarris@misdmail.org or Rebecca Brooks at RebeccaGBrooks@misdmail.org.


Let's Go to Work Series
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The Education Service Center (ESC) Region 11, will host a virtual six-part series Let’s Go to Work intended to provide families, educators and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with information, resources and useful tools to assist students with becoming self-sufficient and productive in their communities.

Register online at ESC11.net using the links below:

April 9, 2022: 9 a.m. – noon
Part 4 - Your Money, Your Future: Strategies for Long-Term Success

April 16, 2022: 9 a.m. – noon
Part 5: Your Money: Decision-Making Tools

April 30, 2022: 9 a.m. – noon
Part 6 - Beyond Money: Services After Leaving the Education System

Student & Parent Resources

People Language First

Language is a reflection of how people see each other. It is often the reason that the words we use can hurt others. We need to choose language that reflects the dignity of people with disabilities. Choosing words that put the person before the disability can have a more positive and helpful dialogue.

  • Think “people first”. Say, “a student who has mental retardation” rather than “a mentally retarded student.”
  • Never refer to a person as “confined to a wheelchair.” Wheelchairs allow people to escape confinement. A person with an orthopedic impairment “uses” a wheelchair for mobility.
  • Try to describe people without a disability as “typical” rather than “normal.”
  • Avoid words like “unfortunate,” “victim,” or “afflicted.” Try to avoid casting a person with a disability as somehow a superhuman because they “overcame” their “problem.” Most people with disabilities do not want to be thought of as tragic figures. They just want to be thought of as people.
  • Use common sense. Try to avoid using negative words like “crippled,” “slow,” or “deaf and dumb.” These terms are not usually relevant to any conversation about people and are never accurate. If you do not know how to refer to someone with a disability, ask.

Some helpful examples:

  • The handicapped or the disabled becomes…People with disabilities
  • My child is autistic becomes….My child has autism
  • She’s in Special Education becomes…She receives Special Education services
  • Afflicted with…suffers from…is stricken with becomes…Person who has
  • Confined to a wheelchair or wheelchair bound becomes…Uses a wheelchair
  • Handicapped parking is accessible parking