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Including, excluding students with disabilities under NCLB
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Students with disabilities were largely excluded from state testing programs before changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1997 and the 2001 No Child Left Behind law. A new report looks at how many schools were held accountable for the performance of students with disabilities when it comes to state tests. It shows that some of the fears about students with disabilities dragging down the performance of a school under the No Child Left Behind law weren't realized. More



Advocates: Congressional inaction on restraints, seclusion frustrates
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Some advocacy groups are unsatisfied with new U.S. Department of Education guidelines for schools about how and when to restrain and seclude students in danger of hurting themselves or someone else. TASH, formerly The Association for the Severely Handicapped, recently issued a second edition of "The Cost of Waiting," which reinforces its criticism of Congress for not pushing harder for a legislative solution to reducing the use of restraints and seclusion. More

The cost of literacy: Overcoming learning disabilities
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On a late winter Saturday morning, Jacob Forst reads Tom Sawyer out loud off his father's Kindle. The two cuddle on a brown leather couch in their apartment high above Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. But, every few words, Jacob, a tall, thin 9-year-old, struggles, as he tries to sound out unfamiliar words like "tears," "yearning" and "recognize." Like one in five students, Jacob has language-based learning disabilities that affects his reading and writing abilities. His challenges include dyslexia, dysgraphia, slow processing and decoding issues. More

Fake ADHD drug Adderall sold online, FDA warns
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Some websites are peddling fake versions of Adderall, a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that is currently in short supply in the United States, federal regulators warned. More

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Study shows spacing letters farther apart increases reading speed, accuracy in dyslexia
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Spreading the letters of words a bit farther apart helps dyslexic kids read more quickly and make fewer mistakes as they read, a new study shows. While the strategy isn't a cure for dyslexia, which causes the brain to process information differently, researchers say it may help some children with the condition to read more easily, a key to helping them become better readers and learners overall. More

Colorado school smooths transition for students with learning disabilities
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The Challenge Program at Arvada West High School in Colorado is designed to help students who have learning disabilities transition to college, employment and life after high school. "Structure helps with the transition," special-education teacher Patti Molholm said. "They need to be able to anticipate what's going to happen next." More

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New to the US market, the Medialexie Scribe 2012, is an innovative assistive technology that supports students in all areas of Learning. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text capabilities, writing, math and translating functions, students can access and use core material despite their learning differences. For more information, go to www.lexiatech.com


School helps students with disabilities set goals for the future
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Educators at Pepin Academies, a Florida charter school for students with learning disabilities, work to ensure that students develop goals for after high school amid recent statistics showing that many students with autism do not pursue post-secondary education. More

Memory practice does not help ADHD or improve IQ
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Memory training does not appear to be helpful for children suffering from dyslexia or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders. Researchers also determined memory practice does not appear to provide significant benefit to healthy adults who want to improve school performance or enhance their cognitive skills. More



Praiseworthy legislation addresses dyslexia
The Enterprise-Journal via The Sun Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the good pieces of legislation to come out of this year's session was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant. It requires kindergartners or first graders to be tested for dyslexia, a reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols like letters in the alphabet. More

Reading disabilities fly under the radar in public schools
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Thousands of students in the Chicago area struggle with reading. For many of them, a learning disability is the root of the problem. But within Chicago Public schools, where roughly 20 percent of students are at or above grade-level in reading, learning disabilities, like dyslexia, can easily go undiagnosed unless a parent demands help. More


 
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