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$8.5 million NIH grant may help decipher dyslexia
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If you can read this sentence with ease, consider yourself fortunate: Millions of Americans with dyslexia cannot. In the hope of improving the lives of those struggling readers, a team of experts at Florida State University is working to better understand and diagnose dyslexia and other learning disabilities with a new, $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Today, a person with a learning disability is less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be unemployed as an adult, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The stakes are getting higher as success in life becomes more and more dependent on one's ability to read. More

House ESEA bills would damage some students' access to diplomas
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A pair of bills attempting to rewrite parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — what's now called No Child Left Behind — could be devastating for some students with disabilities, advocates for these students say. Some of the major issues are with how the bills would upend the accountability system now in place because of NCLB. The House education committee will consider the bills, and as my colleague Alyson Klein writes, they leave much to be desired by many groups. More

Notre Dame College program helps students with learning disabilities thrive in higher-education setting
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College can be a daunting place for a student with a learning disability. Ralph D'Alessio, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, said he needs help to prioritize his life and stay focused and on track. Reading, comprehension and spelling are the challenges confronting Erin McGrath, who was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. The two students chose Notre Dame College, one of about 60 universities in the country that offer a comprehensive, fee-based program to help students cope with learning disabilities. More

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Digital revolution changing lives of students with disabilities
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It's new technology that is fundamentally changing how blind people interact with their world, but it appears the digital revolution is just getting started when it comes to improving the lives of people with all sorts of disabilities. Some of the developments border on the magical, compared with what was available 20 years ago. Schools are the places where people first encounter them. Educators are scrambling to keep up with developments for those who can't see, can't hear, whose minds have trouble with the written word, who can't use their arms or legs and even those who can do little more than move their eyes. More

Chemical exposures cause child IQ losses that rival major diseases
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Three common environmental chemicals — lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury — may have effects on children's IQ in the overall population to the impacts of major medical conditions such as preterm birth or ADHD — two of the most prevalent in U.S. children. The finding from this reanalysis of published data hints that the societal toll of exposures to these invisible yet widespread contaminants — lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury — may be more severe than what previous studies of individual risk would suggest. More

New film examines bullying in US schools
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The documentary, called "The Bully Project," which has a limited release March 30 in select theaters, was directed by producer/director Lee Hirsch, who admits to being bullied throughout most of his childhood. "In many ways, those experiences and struggles helped shape my world view and the types of films I've endeavored to make. I firmly believe that there is a need for an honest, gutsy film which gives voice to kids who deal with such torments on a daily basis." More

Special education parents air concerns with White House, Education Department
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Lesli A. Maxwell writes, "In a meeting with President Obama's top advisers on disability issues and special education, a select group of parents, teachers and advocates sought assurances that students with disabilities won't lose hard-fought ground for high academic expectations and access to challenging curricula as the Obama administration grants states waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act." More

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New grading system in Florida wouldn't grade special education schools
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As part of a larger plan to rework the grading of schools in Florida, state Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has said that schools exclusively serving students with disabilities wouldn't be graded. Too many would fail. The commissioner agreed to that exemption after an outcry by some parents, who feared many of these schools would earn Fs under the state accountability system if they were graded. Florida's school superintendents also support not grading those schools. More

Special education vouchers may open doors for choice
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Meet voucher supporters' new fellow strategists: students with disabilities. Creating private school vouchers for special education students — programs that are largely unchallenged in court, unlike other publicly financed tuition vouchers — can be the perfect way to clear a path for other students to get school options, according to school choice proponents. More

Study: Meds for autism not well understood
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Children with autism may benefit from medications to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other related disorders, but clearer guidelines are needed, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,000 U.S. teens enrolled in special education programs, to assess the use of psychiatric medications in those with autism, ADHD and both conditions. More

New York City charter school serving students with special needs gets second chance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A charter school in Harlem, N.Y., serves many students who have special needs with small class sizes and an inclusion model for class placement. After giving so many students a second chance, the school got one itself. The Opportunity Charter School had its charter renewed for two years, after being temporarily placed on a closure list because of poor performance. More

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Autism not diagnosed as early in minority children
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Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. Some new work is beginning to try to uncover why — and to raise awareness of the warning signs so more parents know they can seek help even for a toddler. Even when diagnosed in toddlerhood, minority youngsters have more severe developmental delays than their white counterparts. More

Neuroscientists identify how the brain works to select what we want to see
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If you are looking for a particular object — say a yellow pencil — on a cluttered desk, how does your brain work to visually locate it? For the first time, a team led by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists has identified how different neural regions communicate to determine what to visually pay attention to and what to ignore. This finding is a major discovery for visual cognition and will guide future research into visual and attention deficit disorders. More

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