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ReelAbilities star AJ Murray on Speechless!

ReelAbilities star AJ Murray on Speechless!

As we gear up for “Swim Team” at Cotting School this Wednesday, let’s take a look at what some of our previous ReelAbilities film stars have been up to! Two years ago we invited “Becoming Bulletproof” star AJ Murray to our campus for our screening.  Just this week, AJ appeared on the finale of season two of Speechless on ABC:   ajaniajmurray “Growing up being a tv geek and a dreamer I’ve always yearned to see someone like me on television. Not just brown skin but wheelchair, spastic, and embracing themselves as they are. Not wanting to be someone else, but... Read More

Cotting Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

Cotting Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

“Every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.”[1]   Today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of a major US Supreme Court decision, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.  The ruling provides strong support for our efforts as special educators to enable children with disabilities to reach their highest potential.  In summary, the court rejected the idea that Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) provide “merely more than de minimis” (i.e. more than trivial) and instead ruled that it “must offer an IEP (Individualized Education Program that is reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate... Read More

My teachers and friends see everything about me, without labels.

My teachers and friends see everything about me, without labels.

Sometimes people look at me and all they see is my wheelchair. At Cotting School, my teachers and friends see everything about me, without labels. I am smart, I love to learn, I have great taste in music, and I’m really good at making friends. I have Cerebral Palsy, which is a brain injury that makes it difficult for me to control my muscles. In addition to CP I have vision impairments. I don’t see and I don’t speak the way a lot of other kids my age do.  Sometimes adults and other kids assume that I don’t know what... Read More