All posts by Haidee Copeland

I have over eighteen years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, their families, and the people who support them. My career in Special Education spans the age and ability range from primary to post secondary, and from accelerated (gifted) to significantly impaired. Like many within the field, my connection is both personal and professional. I am the proud parent of a child with a disability, and an adjunct professor/supervisor/research scientist with the field of Special Education. It is a pleasure to share my experiences with the irisEd blog readers.

Does My Daughter Have Autism?

Sometimes there are clear signs that a child is experiencing significant challenges in reaching “normal” developmental milestones. For example, a child may have been born with a significant physical or cognitive impairment. Other times it is not as easy to tell if a young child is “at-risk” of falling behind her same-age peers due to “invisible” developmental challenges, including autism.…

High Functioning Autism in Young Women

Simple steps parents and educators can take to recognize the signs of High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s in young women

shutterstock_16462813What is wrong with Mary? Why doesn’t my daughter or student fit in? These can be the most difficult, gut-wrenching questions that parents and educators ask themselves regarding their female children or students.…