**Below article was published on the Goodwin Live Blog**
The Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children (DSCEC) is having a busy spring term.
By Mike Duffy
The Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children (DSCEC) has been going nonstop since early April. From April 11-14, DSCEC board members Samantha Goldman and Gillian Skorka attended the 88th Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The convention featured a keynote address by Sir Ken Robinson, and the exposition hosted more than 200 organizations and vendors who previewed a wide range of state-of-the-art educational products and services. Ms. Goldman and Ms. Skorka gave a detailed report of their trip at the DSCEC meeting on April 24, 2012.
Saturday, April 14 saw board member Amanda Katzias anchoring the DSCEC effort in the Relay for Life. Her strong leadership produced $835 in new donations for the American Cancer Society with more to come when pledges are fulfilled. DSCEC is happy to have represented Goodwin College in the fight against cancer and is grateful to Ms. Katzias for spearheading the effort.
DSCEC members at Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo. From left: Gillian Skorka, Ben DeSantis, Theresa Shannon, Mike Duffy, Christie Ruggieri, Amanda Katzias, Samantha Goldman, Allison Shusterman, Anna Cataldo Grosso. (Not pictured: Lauren Smith.)
Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo on Sunday, April 15 provided an awesome opportunity for service. Dozens of volunteers entertained hundreds of families and guests at theGreater Philadelphia Chapter of the Autism Society of America’s flagship annual event. DSCEC board member Theresa Shannon organized ten Drexel volunteers who served at the information and merchandise tables, the button-craft activity table, and as costume characters to the delight children and parents alike.
The Day at the Zoo is a large venue that provides public information about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and offers families living with ASDs a fun-filled day to network and enjoy one another’s company and community. The DSCEC made sure that Goodwin and Drexel were well-represented at this heartwarming event.
The generous support of the Drexel University Alumni Association powered the DSCEC’s education technology workshop on Monday, April 16. Special education teacher, Drexel graduate student, DSCEC member, and technology wizard Ben DeSantis gave a scintillating presentation on the many different types of electronic innovations—most available at little or no cost—that can help teachers boost their students’ performance in today’s diverse classrooms.Integrating Technology in the Inclusive Classroom featured a brief but comprehensive overview the latest applications, hardware, software, and cloudware, as well as a strong rationale for trying them, and, most helpful, instructions on where to find them and how to use them.
Using a website model, Mr. DeSantis deftly maneuvered his audience to “playtime” where they spent the remainder of the session using, sharing, and rating the latest toys.
Want to get involved in the Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children? Emaildrexelstudentcec@gmail.com. Visit their website or “like” their Facebook page for more information.
Mike Duffy is a graduate student in Goodwin College’s School of Education.