Passion Works: A Story of Flying
Passion Works
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Passion Works: A Story of Flying

Visit this extended site about the film to find out more about the art and the studio and the artists and community they have impacted. The site also features downloadable lesson plans, discussion guides and wallpaper.
Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators

A step-by-step process for achieving accessible and inclusive programming for everyone. This resource assists cultural organizations and provides information to enable arts and humanities service organizations to assist their grantees/constituents in achieving accessible programming.

NEA Accessibility Resources

NEA's (The National Endowment for the Arts) Office of AccessAbility offers an extensive range of accessibility resources for artists, arts organizations, and audiences. The resources include accessibility guides and checklists, state resource directories, information about health insurance, independent living centers, and universal access.

Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design

This resource is a useful tool developed by the Smithsonian to assist exhibition designers, curators, registrars, conservators, collections managers, designers, editors, developers, educators, and other exhibition team members to open their exhibits to diverse audiences.

VSA Arts Accessibility Features
VSA Arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Access and Opportunities: A Guide to Disability Awareness

    This section of the VSA site provides an informational tool about disability and tips for social etiquette and positive interactions. Use the menu in the guide's left margin to increase basic knowledge, initiate discussion, and clarify myths and facts about people with disabilities.

  • Arts Access Made Easy: Successful Strategies from the Award of Excellence in Arts Access (Downloadable PDF File)
    This resource demonstrates how organizations can create full access to the arts through thoughtful planning. It explains how an organization can contribute to access by being sensitive and responsive to the needs of people with disabilities through design and implementation, guidelines and policies, printed materials, communication to the public, and physical design of their program.

Art Resources from CLN

Resource links for art from the Community Learning Network.

Art Room

The Art Room is designed around the idea of "activity" centers that encourage kids to create, to learn and to explore new ideas, places and things on their own.

Arts & Disabilities
Arts Programs for Ohio Artists with Disabilities
Art on Main, Champaign County, OH:
Blue Shoe Arts, Fairfield County, OH:
Inner I Gallery, Greene County OH:
Passion Works Studio, Athens, OH:

Feeding the Soul created this feature about visual adaptive art to celebrate the artist in each of us. See artwork by adaptive artists and also learn about types of adaptive equipment to make it happen.

Mixed Ability Dance Companies

This page lists some websites for mixed ability dance companies that often both perform and offer classes for students with disabilities. A number of the websites have video clips of performances.

National Arts and Disability Center

University of California - Los Angeles Department of Education site that promotes the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.

VSA Arts

This nonprofit organization, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. The site includes information about affiliates, programs and events, arts research, as well as a variety of resources for artists, parents and educators. Use the site to find information on matters of education, the creative arts, disabilities, and accessibility.

Art Education
Arts Education Partnership (AEP)

AEP is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools.

ArtsEdge (The Kennedy Center)

Arts Edge offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.

The National Art Education Association (NAEA)

The NAEA promotes art education through Professional Development, Service, Advancement of Knowledge, and Leadership. Links include: Advocacy/Research,Ten Lessons the Arts Teach and Why Art Education?

The National Endowment for the Arts

This public agency is dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Links include: Grants, National Initiatives, Publications, Research, Resources, and Features. The Resources link includes: accessibility, self-discipline, funding health insurance, and planning.

Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. Visit the site to find out more about the organization that helped Passion Works studio get its start and continues to help them grow.
Burlington County Inclusion Project (BCIP)

BCIP is a collaborative effort to support the inclusion of special needs students in regular education classes and programs from Burlington County, New Jersey schools.
FAQs About Inclusion

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning

A free online Concept to Classroom Workshop. Major links include: Explanation, Demonstration, Exploration, Implementation, Get Credit.

Collaborative Learning: Some Issues and Recommendations

Dr. Kevin S. Carlson: Dr. Zhao X.S., George
Center for the Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore

Community Collaboration Examples

Here are a few ways that Passion Works Studio has teamed up with the community.

Foundations of Collaboration

Gail G. Muir, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona; Sally S. Blake, University of Texas at El Paso.

A Guide to Cooperative Learning

Prince George County Public Schools Electronic Learning Community, Maryland

High Quality Learning Environments

School Reform and Student Diversity - September 1995

The Art of Inclusion: A Children's Collage

An overview of a collaborative art project from the University of Miami School of Medicine and the Mailman Center for Child Development's Debbie School.

Differentiated Instruction - Universal Design for Learning
CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning
    An online book by David H. Rose & Anne Meyer. Teachers want their students to succeed, but a one-size-fits-all approach to education simply does not work. How can teachers respond to individual differences?

PreSchool Inclusion Connection

This website showcases early childhood programs that are incorporating "Best Practices" to help educators create lesson plans and curriculum for children with disabilities and special needs in preschool and K-2 programs.

Resources for Differentiating Instruction

This page provides a variety of resources to help teachers differentiate their classroom instruction to better meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles and ability levels.

Strategies for Differentiating

This web page is from Canadian Priscilla Theroux's Enhance Learning with Technology web site. The Site Map menu headings include Changing Attitudes, Learning Strategies, Teacher Resources, Integrating Technology, Integrating Outcomes, Lesson Plans, Assessing, and Tutorials.

UDL Resources and Tools Online

NEIRTEC is one of the ten regional technology in education consortia funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Universal Design for Learning Tools and Guides headings include: Curriculum Design, Technology Tools, Internet, and EText Sources.

Disability Awareness - Tolerance Education
The Able Crew

This is a website about disabilities for elementary age children and up. It has an eComic book with 6 heroes and a host of activities, games and stories.

National Council for Support of Disability Issues

The National Council for Support of Disability Issues helps advance public attitudes, awareness, respect, consideration and advance the success of people with all types of disabilities. Major headings include: scholarships, news, and resource links.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.

Ten Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities

This resource located on the United Cerebral Palsy Web site outlines interaction and etiquette tips to help you in communicating with persons with disabilities.

Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement

A comprehensive resource designed to provide people with disabilities the information they need quickly and easily. The site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. It serves a wide range of individuals with disabilities.

The Disability Social History Project

This is an Internet community project about the history of disabled people and determining how the disabled want to define themselves and their struggles. It invites viewers to send information about their disabled heroes, important events in disability history, and resources.

The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Project

The history of the contemporary social movement by people with disabilities to win legally defined civil rights and control over their own lives. Personal papers and records of key disability organizations join oral histories in this research resource.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NECTAS)

NECTAS is a national technical assistance consortium working to support states, jurisdictions, and others to improve services and results for young children with disabilities and their families.

Disability Information and Resources
Council of Exceptional Children

An international professional organization "dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted."

disABILITY Information and Resources

Jim Lubin created and updates this site. He is a quadriplegic who uses a keyboard/mouse emulator with a sip and puff switch to type in Morse Code. Makoa is a Hawaiian word that means courageous.

Disabilities Overview

A University of Minnesota overview of common disability types, including descriptive information, strategies for students, and suggested resources.

Internet Resources for Special Children

The IRSC is a non-profit web site that provides parents, educators, medical professionals, and caregivers with information regarding children with disabilities.

LD Online

Interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children -- includes discussion groups.

Project Participate

Project Participate provides families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs.

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)

SERI is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. A few of SERI's many topics include: General Disabilities Information, Parents & Educator's Resources, Disability Products and Commercial Sites, and Legal & Law Recources.

Teaching LD

Teaching LD is a service of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children. DLD is the largest international professional organization focused on Learning Disabilities. The purpose of TeachingLD is to provide trustworthy and up-to-date resources about teaching students with Learning Disabilities.
Ohio Career Resources
Ohio's Career Development Program

This program helps Ohio's students learn more about educational and career options while they develop skills in decision making and goal setting, and work habits and attitudes.

Ohio Career Technical Education Career Fields (formerly Vocational Education)

Description of career-technical programs in Ohio's 16 career fields (groups of occupations and broad industries based on common characteristics), including information related to content standards, professional development and resources.

Ohio K-8 Career Infusion Activity Database

Over 1,600 free classroom teaching activities with career focus are contained in the Career Infusion Activity Database (CIAD). These activities are for the Grades K-6.

Ohio Career Information System

The Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) is an Internet-based delivery system for accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. OCIS contains the latest national, Ohio, and local labor market data and projections.

Ohio Disability Resources
OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence)

OCALI serves Ohio families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.

Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards

Students with Disabilities. Path: Ohio Department of Education > Alternative Assessment > Ohio's Alternative Assessment for Students with Disabilities.

The web page has downloadable PDF files on alternative assessment and individual appendices of Ohio Academic Content Standards, Benchmarks, Grade-Level Indicators and Standards-Based Applications of Knowledge/Skill for grades 3-10.

Fine Art: Arts. Path: Ohio Department of Education > Standards and Instructions > Academic Content Standards > Fine Arts

English Language Arts. Path: Ohio Department of Education > Standards and Instructions > Academic Content Standards > Fine Arts

Family and Consumer Science. Path: Ohio Department of Education > Career Technical Education

Work and Family Life Middle School Content Competencies. Path: Ohio Department of Education > Career Technical Education > Family and Consumer Sciences > Work and Family Life

Ohio Department of Education Learning Conditions and Supports

Information, resources and services related to the health and safety of Ohio's schoolchildren and the creation of environments where students can learn.

Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Delays

Ohio SERRC Regional Resource Center Map (Special Education Regional Resource Centers)

Ohio's sixteen SERRCs assist educators and families in the development and delivery of specially designed instruction aligned with Ohio's academic and early learning content standards. They also assist districts and agencies in complying with federal and state laws/regulations to ensure the full participation of children and youth with disabilities in the school community.

Ohio School for the Deaf

Major menu selections include: Information, Education, Student Life, Athletics, Outreach, and Operations.

Ohio State School for the Blind

Major menu selections include: Administration, Education, Athletics, Outreach, Resources, Special Services, Technology, and Braille Production.

Braille Bug Site (for children from AFB)

Information about Braille for children.

Children's Disabilities Information

Articles and resources for parents of children with disabilities and special needs.

Exceptional Parent

EParent provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Family Village

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin's Waisman Center. The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory.

"Helping Your Child Find a Passion: One Mother's Story," Melinda Sacks

IDEA Practices Home Page

This site answers questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and keeps viewers informed about IDEAs That Work.

LD OnLine for Parents

Information to help parents get started in understanding what their child needs, their rights and responsibilities in working with the school, and ways to support their child at home.

National Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities

University of Washington

NICHCY Parent Groups

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

OCALI Family Services

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Family Services component provides an up-to-date, comprehensive website, and print materials, offering phone assistance, conducting regional training throughout the state, and offering access to other resources at national, state and local levels.

PACER Center

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

Parenting for Tolerance

Parents Helping Parents

California-based PHP provides education and skills training, information, guidance, and peer support for families with the unexpected diagnosis of and ongoing impact of childhood disabilities, including but not limited to intellectual, learning or physical disabilities and special health care needs.

Parents With Disabilities Online

Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Difficulties

The website primarily serves parents whose children (kindergarten through high school) have learning difficulties.

What is a Special Need?

Center for the Improvement of Child Caring
  • CCI Discovery Tool

    The CICC Discovery Tool(TM) provides a way to keep current on how a young child under five years of age is growing. The CICC Discovery Tool(TM) lets users know whether there might be problems. It also lets users know where to turn to take care of the problems.

Realizing Your Dreams - Finding Your Passion
Passion Works Studio

Passion Works Studio supports collaborations between artist with and without developmental disabilities. Find out more about the studio behind the video, "Passion Works, A Story of Flying."

"Follow Your Passion," National Philanthropic Trust

To enable your giving to reach a deeper and more personally rewarding level, focus your philanthropy on your most heartfelt commitments.

Finding Your Passion

Ten Questions to help you find your passions.

"Money or Passion...That is the Question" Barb Kofman and Kaitlin Eckler

This article discusses choosing the job/career that best suits the reader.

"Ten Tips To Help You Reach Your Dreams," Aislinn O'Connor

This article is about confidence, self-esteem and going for ones dreams.

Teachers and Passion
Why Passion is Important for Teachers, Alfred Thompson

This blog discussing teaching and passion.

"A Passion for Projects" Diane Curtis

This article discussing the efficacy of project-based learning based on the interests of students.