Inspiration of The Day: Special Ed Teacher Starts Every Day by Complimenting Each Student
Via: ABC News
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Florida special ed teacher Chris Ulmer starts every class day in a very unique way.

Before any work starts, Ulmer calls each child up to the front of the classroom and compliments them.

"I love having you in my class. I think you're very funny. You're a great soccer player. Everyone in here loves you," he says at the start of a video posted on Facebook, which has gotten over 20 million views.

Ulmer runs a Facebook page for his class (with parent's permission) and has been trying to get a book published about his students.

From ABC:

Ulmer's Facebook page, Special Books by Special Kids, was created because he has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get a book published about the kids. "I have 50 rejection letters on my fridge to keep me motivated," he said. The book focuses on the story of each of the kids in his classroom and is collaboratively told by the child, his or her parents, and from Ulmer's perspective as their teacher.

He's had the same kids in his class for three years and said that they've "evolved as a family. We have an understanding that comes with time that you don't naturally have."

Great job, Chris. Keep it up!

Feel Good News of The Day: 'Sesame Street' Introduces First Character With Autism
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Sesame Workshop is taking a step toward wiping away the stigma associated with autism.

A new character, Julia, has been introduced as a part of Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children. Julia will live digitally on an app that helps parents and children with autism communicate through story cards.

The movement to bring Julia to life has taken three years, and includes other pieces to the campaign like "The Amazing Song."

"Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group," Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the senior vice president of community and family engagement at Sesame Workshop, told People magazine.

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After Jodi DiPiazza was diagnosed with autism at age 2, her family tried for years to help her overcome her limitations.

Then they discovered that singing was the one thing that helped Jodi focus and build confidence.

Little did they know that Jodi would one day join Katy Perry onstage for a duet at Night of Too Many Stars, an autism benefit hosted by Jon Stewart that airs Sunday on Comedy Central.

[thanks, craig!]

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