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3/12/2007 2:02:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Group E-zine: March, 2007


IN THIS ISSUE:

What's New: (Poetry and Photography Contests)
Group Wise: (Welcoming Children with Disabilities)
F.Y.I.: (Where to Find Information)
Roster Information
A Final Word: (You Can Homeschool DVDs)

WHAT'S NEW

HSLDA's annual Poetry and Photography contests are once again
underway. The proceeds from these contests benefit the Home School
Foundation's Special Needs Children's Fund. The themes this year are
"Side by Side" and "Between the Lines." For more information, please
visit the contest site: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3875 .

Please consider forwarding information about these contests to your
families. They are a great way for homeschoolers to grow
artistically. If you would like the full-length announcements to post
on your site, please contact Emily Alianello (emilya@hslda.org).


GROUP WISE

Guest Article: A Mom Shares Her Perspective--Making Families and
Handicapped Students Welcome

By Esther Mast

Given that homeschoolers come in all shapes and sizes, it is not
surprising to find a few in wheelchairs. The local homeschool group
is in a position to make these students feel as valued and included as
possible. There are a few practical ways to do this:

First of all, keep the physical limitations of handicapped students in
mind when planning activities. Try to arrange at least a couple
events a year that can include everyone, even those who can't kick a
ball or run races. Such awareness of limitations is also important
when planning a field trip. A considerate coordinator will research
the proposed location beforehand and inform the pupil's parents about
accessibility issues, so that there is less chance of an unpleasant
surprise on arrival.

In addition, all students must be treated with respect by their
homeschooled peers. Even if an activity is physically accessible, a
handicapped student may feel out of place if other people constantly
stare, ask awkward questions, or try to be helpful by pushing the
wheelchair for him. Remember, it is not the responsibility of the
handicapped family to educate the entire group on demand. Make it a
priority to teach proper courtesy to your own children; if you must
ask, direct a tactful question to the parents privately. If a
handicapped student senses that others are uncomfortable around him,
he will also feel very uncomfortable.

A wheelchair indeed places certain restrictions on the student and her
family and homeschool group. With thoughtful planning and good
manners, however, it need not be a hindrance to the homeschool
experience.

The Masts homeschool their six school-aged children, one of whom is in
a wheelchair.


F.Y.I.

Many of our members are looking for information on homeschooling
either high schoolers or children who may struggle with learning, or
have learning related disabilities. HSLDA has a large amount of
information available to address both these area. Please direct your
families to us; we would be glad to help!

Our website has two sections devoted to these issues. Homeschooling
Your Struggling Learner (http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3876)
provides basic information and encouragement, as well as an extensive
list of resources. Homeschool Thru High School
(http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3877) has a several useful sections
including sample transcripts, information on developing a four-year
plan, and a blog by our high school coordinators.

Families who are members with us can also call and speak with either
our high school or special needs coordinators. Those coordinators are
able to provide families with advice that is specifically tailored to
their situation.


ROSTER INFORMATION

Thank you to all the group administrators who have been providing us
with updated rosters. Your efforts are much appreciated. If you have
not updated your roster in a while, please remember that we ask you to
do so twice a year.

To access your group's online roster, use the following link:

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3878

This page will ask you for your Group Discount Number and a security
code. You will need to contact Emily Alianello, HSLDA's Group
Discount Coordinator, if you do not already have your group's security
code. Once you have entered this information, your roster will
appear, along with instructions on how to "Add" and "Delete" members
to the list.

A FINAL WORD....

Up to five additional "You Can Homeschool" DVDs are available to each
group. Please contact us if you would like to order those for your
group. You should also contact us if you would like either
applications or "You Can Homeschool" brochures.


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