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End to one-time aid may squeeze special education budgets
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As one-time aid from the federal economic-stimulus program and the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund evaporates, states using that money to keep their special education budgets afloat are starting to come up short. While states can trim most portions of their education budgets as they see fit, the federal "maintenance of effort" rule says they can't decrease special education spending from year to year. More



Higher education institutions report increase of students with learning disabilities
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College and other post-secondary enrollments of students with disabilities continue to rise in the United States — with 88 percent of the institutions reporting enrolling students with disabilities in the 2008-09 academic year. About 707,000 students with disabilities were included in the reports. Of those enrolling at higher education institutions, 86 percent had some kind of specific learning disability. More

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LDA launches first issue of THE LD SOURCE
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Welcome to THE LD SOURCE, a weekly e-newsletter published by the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Every week, LDA will send you the most recent news and information about learning disabilities, including articles on current issues, information on the latest research, and inspiring stories about children and adults with LD and those who work with them. Please forward this to your friends and colleagues who are interested in the field of learning disabilities.

Patricia Lillie, President
Learning Disabilities Association of America



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School for learning disabilities celebrates first high school graduates
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The School for Language and Communication Development celebrated its first high school graduation after opening its doors nearly 25 years ago with only an elementary school. All five graduates passed their state Regents exams and are heading to college this fall. The New York City school provides small class sizes, extended days and a longer school year — as well as training for parents — to help the students. More

Study finds core cause of dyscalculia
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A new, decade-long study finds that having a poor "gut sense" of numbers can lead to dyscalculia. This inaccurate number sense is just one cause of math learning disabilities, according to the study led by Dr. Michele Mazzocco of the Baltimore Institute. More

Dyslexic teen actor meets 'The Fonz' — his big inspiration
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Henry Winkler gave the thumbs-up to schoolchildren when he told them about his struggle with dyslexia. The actor best known as The Fonz on Happy Days met dyslexic teen Ronan Carter, who has landed roles in films and TV shows. "He knows what it's like to have trouble reading scripts, he's a big inspiration," said Carter. More


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School programs teach life skills to students with learning disabilities
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Diamond Enterprises is a sandwich, salad and snack business run by students with learning disabilities at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J. This year it filled 700 orders, most placed by teachers. The program is among a wave of innovative programs in public schools throughout the United States that go beyond the traditional classroom to develop life skills, such as manners and making eye contact, among special education students. More

Radio program helps students with Asperger's master the art of the interview
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A unique radio program gives adolescents with Asperger's syndrome the opportunity to conduct interviews and learn better communication skills. According to Amy Thrasher, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Colorado's Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department, learning to interview can help some students with Asperger's understand another person's perspective. More

Study: Dyslexia gene controls cilia in brain neurons
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Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered that a gene linked to dyslexia has a surprising biological function: it controls cilia, the antenna-like projections that cells use to communicate. "Our discovery presents us with a possible new neurobiological mechanism for dyslexia," professor Juha Kere said. More

Grandmother shares story of mentoring, monitoring granddaughter with learning disability
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Sue Kettner reflects upon the challenges her granddaughter, a recent graduate with a learning disability, overcame. Kettner believes that her role was an essential factor in Heather attaining her degree. More

Rookie with dyslexia takes unconventional route to pro football
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Oakland Raiders rookie Taiwan Jones was a star high school football player who struggled in the classroom. After being diagnosed with dyslexia, he received the time he needed to succeed on tests and assignments. "It always made me feel smaller," Jones said of dyslexia. "Now things are easier because I know that I can learn; I just need more help." More

Preschoolers' sleep loss may cause ADHD symptoms
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According to a study of 6,860 children, preschoolers who do not get enough sleep are more likely to exhibit ADHD-like symptoms in kindergarten. The authors note that while ADHD is not generally diagnosed until the school-age years, the onset of developmentally inappropriate inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity is often much younger. More
 
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