Back to School Reading

Over the past four years I wrote many articles for various platforms relevant to the current back to school season. Today let’s revisit some as kids, parents, and teachers continue to gear up for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“Country Songs for High School Students” (Yahoo! Voices)

Most students seem to rush to get through high school. “I can’t wait until I get out of this hell hole” I heard from my classmates back when. Yet high school also contains much to appreciate, something I hope others come to recognize from this Yahoo! Voices article.

“Bullying: A Personal Issue for Musician Chris Hendricks” (The Mobility Resource)

Last winter I interviewed musician Chris Hendricks about his anti-bullying program Breaking Down Barriers. Born with cerebral palsy, Hendricks became an easy target for bullies. Compared to other bullying related articles I’ve written, my talk with Hendricks stands out due to his approach to the topic. He sees bullying as a self-confidence issue first and foremost.



Special education? There is an app for that… well apps. Photo: Wikimedia Commons user Gyfjonas

“7 Apps to Use as Assistive Technology” (Special Education Guide)

In general Special Education Guide ( offers an incredible resource for teachers and special needs parents.  From the articles I wrote for the site “7 Apps to Use as Assistive Technology” remains my favorite. By mentioning specific apps the piece becomes very practical, or so I think.

Interviews with Intervention Specialists Anshawn Ivery and Kelsey Kimmel (The Mobility Resource)

On separate occasions I interviewed intervention specialists Anshawn Ivery and Kelsey Kimmel for The Mobility Resource. Ivery works at Entrepreneurship Preparatory School while Kimmel spent the 2012-2013 academic year at Southington Local Schools. Both Ivery and Kimmel provide helpful insights worth reading.

Off Balanced (Available on the Kindle and Nook)

Alright, time to plug my book! I really feel Off Balanced provides potential to teenagers with disabilities, their classmates, and teachers too. Teens with disabilities can take comfort in knowing they are not alone in their battle for self-confidence. Classmates can realize despite the differences handicaps cause, teens with disabilities share common adolescent interests and desires. Off Balanced could trigger teachers to think about new possible ways to connect with special needs pupils.


Personality Profile: Tony Bartoli

Considering students across the country will go back to school this month, now seems an ideal time to spotlight anti-bullying speaker Tony Bartoli. Two-plus years ago while conducting research for a Yahoo! Voices article, “Bullying & Cerebral Palsy,” I stumbled upon the name Tony Bartoli. Rather than summing up Bartoli’s story with my words, let me direct your attention to the Youtube video below.

Twice over the past couple years I enjoyed the opportunity to interview Tony Bartoli, once during the summer of 2010 when I wrote for Disaboom and then just recently for The Mobility Resource. In the Disaboom interview, “Bullying Students with Disabilities: How to Fight Back,” we focused on Bartoli’s personal story and his advice to help prevent and/or stop bullying from occurring. I know I’m bias because I wrote the piece but I do highly recommend the read for the back to school season. Bartoli really shares some useful insight.

During our chat for The Mobility Resource we expanded on the bullying subject matter to also address adults bullying each other and the influence the Internet possesses on  bullying. I found Tony Bartoli’s thoughts on whether the Internet proves a more positive or more negative influence especially interesting. Checkout the article for yourself, “Addressing Bullying in the Disability Community

Overall, I’m a big Tony Bartoli supporter. Therefore I’m grateful the sentiment remains mutual. Last year before Off Balanced hit electronic bookshelves I sent out advance copies to a few individuals within the cerebral palsy community, Bartoli being one of them. To end today’s post I wish to share his concluding thoughts on Off Balanced.

“I believe this book is a ***need*** to get into the hands of kids, teenagers and adults. I don’t say this because I have cerebral palsy too, but rather it captures the human spirit to keep going. Off Balanced will be on my desk as a reminder to never quit….and DREAM BIG!”

*To learn even more about Tony Bartoli visit his website,, or follow him on Twitter (@stopbullyingtb).