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The upside of dyslexia
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The word "dyslexia" evokes painful struggles with reading, and indeed this learning disability causes much difficulty for the estimated 15 percent of Americans affected by it. Since the phenomenon of "word blindness" was first documented more than a century ago, scientists have searched for the causes of dyslexia, and for therapies to treat it. In recent years, however, dyslexia research has taken a surprising turn: identifying the ways in which people with dyslexia have skills that are superior to those of typical readers. The latest findings on dyslexia are leading to a new way of looking at the condition: not just as an impediment, but as an advantage, especially in certain artistic and scientific fields. More

Kentucky eliminates 'read-aloud' assistance on state, national exams
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Kentucky Board of Education banned the use of readers on state reading comprehension tests. A reader can be another person or computer software that reads text aloud, and is an accommodation used by some students with disabilities, who may also use this kind of help in class every day. The switch affects end-of-year state exams. More

The poetry (and science) within a dyslexic's brain
National Center for Learning Disabilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sheldon H. Horowitz writes, "A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Pulitzer prize-winning author Philip Schultz and hearing (no, experiencing) him read from his book titled 'My Dyslexia.' His words invite the listener and reader to do more than just follow the details of his having not learned to read until he was 11, and his discovery as an adult, that there was an explanation for his life-long struggle with reading." More

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Testing? No, no testing, no matter what
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last year, South Carolina mother Gretchen Herrera's son Anthony, who has Asperger syndrome and Type I diabetes, was kicked out of his online charter school. Herrera had tried to have Anthony, 12, exempted from South Carolina's annual tests in reading, math and other subjects when he was in 6th grade last school year. But no reason would do — not even a medical note that explained Anthony's blood sugar could spike because of his Asperger-related anxiety, which is just what happened on the first day of testing. Anthony, who did well on the exam, stayed home during other state tests. More

White House plans 9-city disability tour
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Obama administration officials are planning to fan out across the country starting this spring for a series of regional White House conferences to address disability issues. The regional meetings are expected to be held in Columbus, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Denver; Atlanta; Boston; Minneapolis; Orlando, Fla.; and Kansas City, Mo. starting in mid-March, with some scheduled into the summer. More

Hyperconnectivity in brain's hearing center caused by gene mutation in autism
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory might help explain how a gene mutation found in some autistic individuals leads to difficulties in processing auditory cues and paying spatial attention to sound. More

New York City special-needs students lack services, access to elite high schools
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New York City failed to provide special education services to about one in four students who were entitled to them during the 2009-10 school year, the city comptroller has found, and the city's most elite high schools need to admit more students with disabilities. In an audit this month, New York City Comptroller John Liu found that speech, occupational and physical therapy, vision and hearing services weren't provided to 72,306 of 285,736 students referred for such help, the New York Daily News reported. More

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Teaching early reading when you have learning disabilities
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Emily Jasinski writes, "I'm sitting cross-legged on the floor next to a struggling reader. He has picked out a 'Frog and Toad' book and declared that he wants to read it to me. As he opens to the first page, his excitement is replaced by concentration. I watch his lips form the sounds of the first word as his finger scoops under the letters, but he makes no noise. I feel my own face start to flush red and my heartbeat quicken. I'm just about to offer to read the first page to him when he declares 'frog!' He looks up at me, proud and undiscouraged." More

Medicate my 4-year-old?
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Revised guidelines give doctors the go-ahead to diagnose and treat ADHD in younger kids, but are parents comfortable evaluating preschoolers for attention deficit? More

New postage to spotlight artists with autism
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The work of eight artists with autism from around the world will be emblazoned on a series of postage stamps launching in April in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. The stamps will be issued by the United Nations Postal Administration starting April 2 and will be available at U.N. offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna. The postage is valid for mailing correspondence from any U.N. location globally. More

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Healthy school lunches: Pictures on lunch trays help students pick and eat their vegetables
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Getting young children to eat their servings of fruits and veggies, particularly in school, has been a long and hard struggle for parents, schools and lawmakers over the years. But children might not have to be forced by the law or school to eat their fruits and vegetables. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, students who were given visual hints were more likely to choose and eat their vegetables. University of Minnesota researchers staged an experiment in which elementary students at a school in Minnesota went through the lunch line with trays that pictured carrots and green beans in tray compartments, suggesting that those are the foods that belong there. More

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