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No disabled student left behind
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Thomas Hehir writes, "We have made major strides over the past decades in improving educational levels of students with disabilities. Nationally, nearly 70 percent of students with disabilities obtain a high school diploma and only 20 percent drop out. Ten years ago, only half graduated from high school and 40 percent dropped out. In Massachusetts, these improvements are not limited to graduation, but have also resulted in higher post-secondary education and employment for these students. Unfortunately, recent congressional action on the No Child Left Behind Act threatens this progress." More

4 books look at dyslexia
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"Dyslexia is our best, most vivid evidence that the brain was never wired to read," writes Maryanne Wolf, and she's got the word on why. Wolf is director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts and a professor of child development. She also has a son Ben, who went to the Rhode Island School of Design, draws like a dream — and is dyslexic. She's the author of a madly fascinating book called "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain". More

ADHD drug shortage: Can meditation fill the gap?
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Drugs designed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have been widely available for decades, but America now faces its most severe shortage of these drugs since they came on the market. More and more health professionals are recognizing the viability of effective meditation for overcoming ADHD. More

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Nevada school's namesake is longtime advocate for special education
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Bendorf Elementary School in Spring Valley, Nev., is named for, first and foremost, a mother. Patricia Bendorf stopped at nothing to ensure that her daughters, and all children, received a proper education. One of her daughters had a learning disability, a form of dyslexia. Bendorf felt that her daughter's special education needs weren't being met so she rallied support from parents locally and statewide through telephone and letter-writing campaigns to support Public Law 94-142, now the Education of All Handicapped Children Act. Congress passed the law in 1975. More

North Carolina State basketball recruit works to hone game, overcome disability
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Rodney Purvis is a high school basketball star who will be playing for North Carolina State University next year. His path to college has not been an easy one. As a student with learning disabilities, Purvis has struggled to remain academically eligible to play college sports. Thanks to the advocacy and support of his mother, educators, coaches and tutors, Purvis is now shining in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. More

Your creative mind with learning differences
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Learning disabilities are certainly a cause of struggle for many, but they can also be a source of strength that helps people to think in creative and groundbreaking ways. In this blog post, creativity expert Douglas Eby examines the lives of artist Chuck Close and novelist Richard Ford, discussing how learning disabilities enabled them to make widely acclaimed art and literature. More

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Study: Healthy eating may help ADHD kids
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Simply eating healthier may improve the behavior of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if therapy and medication fail, said a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers, however, said that their review of recent controlled scientific studies had shown conflicting evidence on the impact of supplements and restricted diets — in some cases they were no better than the placebo effect. More

Special education gets funding boost
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Despite several recent threats to cut funding for special education, federal spending on students with disabilities will increase this year. Congress approved an additional $100 million for special education under a budget passed in late December. Though the increase is modest, advocates say any extra funds represent a win given Washington's recent focus on trimming costs. More

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Massachusetts lawmakers to weigh bill on special education groups
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A crackdown on abuses at special educational collaboratives in Massachusetts quickly emerged as one of the Legislature's first priorities of 2012 as lawmakers returned from holiday recess to begin the second year of their two-year session on Beacon Hill. Senate President Therese Murray announced that senators would debate a bill to address what she called "outrageous" problems uncovered by investigations last year of the Merrimack Special Educational Collaborative, including lavish spending on entertainment, unjustified salary expenses and improper charges to a related nonprofit group. More

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