This is an excerpt from a presentation my husband and I give to schools about service dog awareness and etiquette. It accompanies a slideshow that can be viewed HERE >>>

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“Service Animals help a person with a disability do things they cannot easily do for him or herself. Service Dogs can be trained to help with many different things for many kinds of disabilities, like blindness, deafness, autism, diabetes, allergies, mobility and more.

It is important to remember that some disabilities can’t be seen. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says a Service Animal is any dog that is trained to do work or do tasks that help someone with a disability. Other kinds of animals, even if they are trained, are not service animals. The work done by a service animal must be to directly help the person’s disability.”


The law says that for a dog to be a service animal it must be able to help a person with a disability.

There are many other highly trained dogs who work for people who do not have disabilities, but they are not service animals and do not get to go everywhere with their human like service dogs do.

The most common kinds of dogs that get confused with service animals are Emotional Support Animals, who help a person with mild forms of anxiety, depression, or other emotional problems, and Therapy Animals who are used to help other people, not just their owner, that need comfort after a tragedy or disaster. Emotional Support Animals do get some special treatment when it comes to housing or travel, but unlike Service Dogs they cannot go into a facility where dogs are not usually allowed. Therapy Dogs are only allowed in a facility, like schools or hospitals, when they are specifically invited.

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This holiday season give the gift of music to that special someone. For ages 4 to 94 (or more), Everett Music, located in East Bartlesville, offers piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele lessons with performances to help master your skills.

 

For more information call 918-895-5480 or visit Everettmusicstudios.org

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Born to a gambling bartender and a factory worker in October 1891, the future didn’t seem very bright for a little girl named Fanny. Little would anyone know, however, that someday this little girl would be renowned as one of America’s stage legends:  Fanny Brice.

At the age of 4, Fanny and her 3 siblings moved with their mother from New Jersey to New York when their father’s gambling problems caused their parents to separate. It was here, at Keeney’s Theater in Brooklyn, that at the age of 13, Fanny made her stage debut and won $5 in an amateur singing contest. This moment was pivotal for Fanny, sparking her dream to be in the spotlight.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton reminisced, "We were but a handful..." as she recalled the supporters of women’s suffrage at the Seneca Falls convention, where the right to vote was their most radical demand. Between this first convention which advocated for the rights of women, and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which guaranteed women's right to vote in 1920, these women found a long and difficult battle. Victory was never assured until the final moments and through those years the fight to gain women's voting rights filled the lives of many generations of women. The sufferage movement underwent many transformations that included: fifty years of educating the public about the legitimacy of women’s suffrage; nearly twenty years of direct lobbying their claim to the vote; the division of each generation into moderate and radical camps; and the creation of a distinct political culture that promoted "votes for women."

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Agapé Mission ministers to the physical and spiritual needs of the members of our community who are unable to meet those needs on their own.

 

Agapé provides over 2,000 nutritious meals each month to people in need. The Mission also gives over 1,400 bags of nutritious snack items every month to local school children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekends while not attending school.

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I’m so excited to welcome each of you to Wonderland Productions.

Company culture is very important to us and we want you to feel like you’re part of the Wonderland family from day one. So, before you dive right in to your new and exciting career with us, we’d like to take you on a little tour.

There’s so much to share with you that it’s hard to know where we should start, but the King of Hearts told the White Rabbit, to, “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop,” and I suppose that’s pretty good advice. Only, we won’t stop there. Then it will be your turn to keep the story going.

So, let’s get started…

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... According to Linda Braun, the traditional definition of literacy historically "has had social, economic, cultural and political links" and that "these connections also point to the fact that the skill of literacy may be defined differently over time." Furthermore, Braun challenges the definition of literacy as school learning because, with teens constantly reading and writing outside of school, then those assessing literacy skills within school are missing a "huge and integral part of teens' reading and writing life.” “Teenagers need opportunities to gain and improve literacy skills that allow for individual needs and interests. This includes interests that go beyond traditional literacy teaching techniques (for example, classic texts and textbooks) and require the inclusion of technology-based tools that promote text-based literacy" (Braun).

This definition of literacy has been called 'contemporary literacy.’ It encompassed the traditional literacies, namely reading and writing, and applies them to today's world. David Warlock, writing for Scholastic, states that "like it or not, this information age requires skills that force the 3R's (reading, writing, and arithmetic) to evolve into the 4 E's (expose, employ, express, and ethics on the Internet)." That's not to say that traditional forms of literacy should be ignored. On the contrary, various forms of contemporary literacy encompass the traditional forms of literacy as well. “Game cultures promote various types of information literacy, develop information seeking habits, and production practices (like writing), and require good old fashioned research skills, albeit using a wide spectrum of content. In short, librarians can't afford to ignore gamers' (Squire, et al).

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gaming for literacy library grant - exerpt

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... Instead of learning to love books these students quickly learn to dread the task of reading, not only for the effort they must put into it, but also for the slow, uninteresting materials often provided for their reading level.


Enter audiobooks. With books in audio format these students can enjoy and understand the story before them. And for those students who need that extra help in decoding, following along in a book with the audio is a great way to reinforce what they are seeing.


Christine Morano Magee, Ed.D. writes, “Audiobooks keep struggling readers from falling behind because they are tangled in the mechanics and may be missing content, vocabulary building and most importantly development of active thinking skills,”


Furthermore, listening to a book gives the student another dimension to comprehension. Often even adults will struggle with meaning in some of the classics, but when listened to we can hear the infection and nuance of the story in a way that helps the listener to understand not only the meaning of the story, but also new words they have not been exposed to.

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