Web star shares his experience in special education

Students invited to learn special education tools at Education Symposium

By Eunice Tibay
On March 8, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Chris Ulmer begins his presentation on his successes, failures and tips for special education. Most people know Ulmer from his viral web series titled Special Books by Special Kids.

Special Books by Special Kids founder and CEO Chris Ulmer spoke at the Education Symposium March 5 spearheaded by the ASU College of Education and the student chapters of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and Kappa Delta Pi at the CJ Davidson Center.

"We hold this because I just think that it gives us another insight of special education," TCTA vice president Diana Hernandez said. "I’m not a special education major, but I’m going to have students in my classroom that do have disabilities, so I like that he was able to come and kind of give me some personal stories and tips on how to work with those types of children, so I think that’s really essential to my career."

Ulmer spoke about his experiences working with children with special needs since founding his organization.

He shared the story of how he started SBSK as a blog to help his students reach their potential.

Although the symposium was held for students majoring in education, educators and the public were also welcome to attend.

In addition, the audience was engaged in a Q&A forum that provided advice on working with children with special needs.

Megan Yourgalite, senior, shared what she learned during the symposium.

"Every student is different, and they all learn differently," Yourgalite said. "They all experience things in different ways."

SBSK, a non-profit organization and video blog, aims to create a more accepting world for people with special needs and normalize neurodiversity.

Ulmer interviews people with various diagnoses and backgrounds and shares them online on SBSK’s social media pages.

"This event is about a wonderful man traveling the world to interview people with disabilities," TCTA president and senior Victoria Galvan said. "Chris Ulmer’s goal is to create a more accepting world with each video. Special Books by Special Kids is truly a wonderful way to show the world that just because someone has a disability, doesn’t mean they aren’t human. He wants to show off these individuals and help them show the world what they have to offer."

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