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Some disappointed with White House special education
funding proposal

Education Week
Special education advocates might be feeling a bit of bridesmaid's syndrome right now. Early education continues to get attention from the White House — though whether administration plans will come to fruition in a skeptical Congress is another story. But the funding for special education, about $11.5 billion for fiscal 2014, is proposed to remain at $11.5 billion for fiscal 2015.
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2015 Annual Conference call for proposals
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Learning Disabilities Association of America is seeking submissions for the 2015 Conference to be held Feb. 18-21 in Chicago. Anyone wishing to present a paper, conduct a workshop, provide an informational session or make a formal presentation is invited to submit a proposal.
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People with disabilities impetus for new teaching hotel
Disability Scoop
Construction is set to begin on a first-of-its-kind hotel where teaching and employing people with disabilities will be just as important as accommodating overnight guests. At least 20 percent of workers at a 150-room Courtyard by Marriott being built in Muncie, Ind. will be individuals with developmental and other types of disabilities, project organizers with The Arc of Indiana said. These employees will be working in all types of positions, including management.

In addition, the hotel will offer postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals to learn about the hospitality and food service industries and will serve as a training ground for human resources professionals to better understand how to hire people with special needs. There are also plans for two businesses owned by people with disabilities to be located in the hotel lobby.

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Managing social-emotional issues of adults with learning disabilities
LDA
It's important to start out with the reminder that although a learning disability is a life-long condition, that does not mean that it's a life sentence. With increasing frequency, adults have found success in navigating a world lived through the lens of a learning disability, either in spite of it or, more importantly, because of the LD.
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Commentary: How government shortchanges special education
Middletown Press
Without doubt, the goal of providing a quality education, no matter their physical, mental or developmental challenges, cannot be argued. Every child has the right to an education. Federal Individuals With Disabilities Education laws have codified this right to an education and the federal government's obligation to provide funding. Unfortunately, the federal government has not provided the funding they promised.
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How technology trends have influenced the classroom
MindShift
Between societal changes and technological breakthroughs, it's become abundantly clear that the human brain is transforming the way it processes and learns information. While there are many discussions about whether or not this is good or bad for us as a society, it's definitely a change. As educators, it's our job to make sure that students and adults are learning. Part of that process isn't only about making an engaging activity or lesson, but also realizing how the modern brain learns.
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Assistive tech for testing merges into mainstream
Education Week
Assistive technologies and accommodations, once seen as primarily for students with disabilities, are now merging into the broader testing world, especially as more states and districts embrace online testing. Computer-based exams provide an opportunity to allow all students to tap into accommodations that could aid comprehension and focus.
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People with disabilities impetus for new teaching hotel
Disability Scoop
Construction is set to begin on a first-of-its-kind hotel where teaching and employing people with disabilities will be just as important as accommodating overnight guests.

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Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.

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New book series by 'The Fonz' aims to help children with dyslexiaVideoBrief
KUOW-TV
Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books. The two have released the latest book in the "Here's Hank" series. This time, the words are printed using a font that makes it easier for children with dyslexia to read. Winkler, who is well known for playing "The Fonz" in the 1970s TV sitcom Happy Days, said he struggled with dyslexia from an early age.
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California panel: Special education needs a 'do-over'
EdSource
Eight minutes into a public meeting on how to reform California's vast special education system, the woman who ran special education in rhe state for nine years came up to the microphone. Alice Parker was blunt. "I wish I could have a 'do-over' for the 45 years I worked in special education," Parker, who retired in 2005 as director of the California Department of Education's Special Education Division, told representatives of a new Statewide Special Education Task Force at a public forum.
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Michigan parents, advocates concerned with proposed changes to
special education

WILX-TV
Some big changes could soon be coming to Michigan's special education program, prompting parents and advocates of special needs children to raise concerns. The Michigan Department of Education recently held two public hearings, in Detroit and Lansing.
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