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Many Illinois high school students get special testing accommodations for ACT
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An unusually large number of Illinois public high school students — at least 1 out of 10 juniors — received extra time or other help to boost their scores on the ACT, including high achievers at some of the state's elite schools. At powerhouse New Trier Township High School on the North Shore, the highest number in the state, 170 juniors — or 1 in 6 test takers — got special testing accommodations last year. More

Parents explore frustrations of disability
The Burbank Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A group of parents of children with special needs experienced frustration firsthand when they were asked to perform a series of exercises designed to test their visual perceptions and thought processes. The word "Red" was printed in blue, and when parents were asked to say the color's name, they shouted "blue." But they were supposed to say "red." The exercise was designed to acquaint parents with the frustration and processing difficulties experienced by their special-needs children. More

Autism and learning disabilities linked to 10 chemicals
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More and more research is drawing a link between neurodevelopmental disabilities and environmental toxins found in everyday products. Now a recent editorial published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives listed 10 widespread chemicals that are to blame. More

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IEP meetings aren't just for educators
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It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down. It seems like we were just dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Irene and the delay of the start of the school. But hence, spring is upon us and for schools that means a lot of things, including PPT season. Planning and Placement Team meetings occur near the end of the school year to review the child's progress and plan for the coming year. It is when parents get to hear about the growth their child made that year and what the school will plan to do next year to ensure growth continues. More

Study: Bullying of students with disabilities may lead to depression
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Being left out or bullied is more likely to lead to depression in children with developmental disabilities than any facet of their condition, new research indicates. The findings come from a study of 109 kids ages 8 to 17 with various special needs. Researchers asked the children and their parents to fill out questionnaires designed to identify signs of anxiety and depression. Then, the kids were screened to assess whether or not they were bullied or excluded by their peers. More

In rush to evaluate teachers on student performance, districts struggle with special education
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since the first day of class this school year, Bev Campbell has been teaching her students how to say their names. Some of the children in her class have autism. Others have Down syndrome or other disabilities. "People don't understand where they've come from," she says. "It's slow." Just one has learned how to say his name. Still, the South Florida teacher sees signs of growth in the nine kindergarten to second-grade students in her class. Those little steps are what teachers like Campbell consider major leaps for students with the most significant physical and cognitive disabilities — and what are the most challenging to capture on a test. Yet that will be a significant part of the way school districts in Florida and in many other states will evaluate teachers. More

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DC partnership aimed at innovation in special education
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The District of Columbia is using $800,000 of its $75 million in federal Race to the Top money to fund a partnership with the American Institutes of Research to develop plans to improve special education. Work being done includes research on best practices being used in the district. Officials said they will be meeting with parents to develop ideas on what constitutes quality services, with the goals of taking the district to the "next level" of innovation. More

Lawmakers want more autism training for teachers
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A pair of congressman are pushing for legislation to dramatically enhance training for educators who teach students with autism. A bill introduced in Congress late last week would establish a five-year federal grant program to allow school districts to team with universities and nonprofits to train general education teachers and other school staff to best support students with autism. More

Learning mechanism of the adult brain revealed
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Fortunately, this is not always true. Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW) have now discovered how the adult brain can adapt to new situations. The Dutch researchers' findings are published in the prestigious journal Neuron. Their study may be significant in the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia. More

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20 percent of children with developmental delays identified late
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Easter Seals is trying to spread the word about the underidentification of young children who have developmental delays. The organization, which is pushing for a $100 million increase to the federal budget for services to young children with disabilities, is pushing for better detection of developmental delays in infants and toddlers. The current budget is about $440 million. President Obama has proposed a $20 million increase. More

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