REMIX: ABLE Search Tips & FAQs

How to Search for Resources in the ABLE Arts Resource Center?

The ABLE Arts Resource Center can be searched using several different classifications.

The first way is to use keyword search. Keywords are related to the subject content of the various resources. Keywords can be typed into the search bar which will search the entire collection. To the left of the search results you are able to filter results based on keyword, publication year, publication (format of resource), publication type, and file type.

Keyword searches will be useful if you have a clear idea of what you are looking for in the resource center.

The second way is to use the ABLE Arts Resource Center Taxonomy. The ABLE Arts Resource Center Taxonomy was developed by Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education and Zoe Gelinas, Post-Master's Fellow. This taxonomy will be helpful if you want to browse all information available for broad categories. The taxonomy will allow users to search based on the following categories:

  • Diagnosis
  • Instrument/Setting
  • Grade Level
  • General Terms

Taxonomy searches will be useful if you are looking for a wide range of resources in a broad category.

The third way to search the ABLE Arts Resource Center is by the format of the resource. The following formats are available in the resource center:

  • Articles
  • Assessments
  • Audio
  • Blog Posts
  • Book Chapters
  • Books
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Lesson Plans
  • Position Papers
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Rubrics
  • Videos
  • Webinars
  • Website Links

Format searches will be useful if you are looking for a specific type of resource.

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What do the drop down options ("search this repository," "search this collection," etc.) mean?

Please refer to this answer in our global REMIX FAQ page.

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What does double-blind peer review mean?

ABLE Arts Resource Center uses double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that all submitted files/content are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Therefore all submitted files/content should NOT display author(s) name(s), email, and affiliations whatsoever.

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Why are we seeing disclaimer text about the phrase special needs?

As of October 2022, the phrase "special needs" is no longer in current use on any of our platforms. As many of you may know, in recent years the term "special needs" has become increasingly problematic for those in the disability community.

If you would like additional information about the reasons that the term "special needs" is an inappropriate phrase, you can find it here.

More info about our Institute's name change can be found here.

For more FAQs, please check out the REMIX global FAQ page