There is one session from the CEC 2010 Convention & Expo that has so inspired me: “Project My Voice” is about helping young adult students make a video about themselves. It gives them the opportunity to show what they can do, what they like and what they dream of doing in the future.
I love how it was presented. The speaker has a sister who has special needs. She started by telling us about her sister. Then she showed us the video of her sister. I was amazed at what I learned about this special person that words could not capture.
One scene is of the young woman playing cards, but you soon realize that she looks at the cards before dealing them and gives all the best cards to one special player. Think about what skills that requires! I had underestimated this young woman.
I loved the sense of humor that came out in the video. I could hear the words “this student has a sense of humor” but seeing it made it come alive. The student also picks the music that plays along with the images, again giving me a glimpse into this special person.
I see these videos as being useful in IEPs. I can see them being used when a student transitions into a new program. I wish I had one of these videos for each of the students I have worked with this year.
I hope to make a video of my special-needs daughter who is looking for a job. I always think when she fills out yet another application that I wish the prospective employer could get to know her. To know her is to love her…or at least understand her better and not underestimate what she can do.
I found the press release on line, check it out for yourself: