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Health care ruling affects students, adults with disabilities
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In particular for families of children with disabilities, the Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the Affordable Care Act may come as a huge relief. Other government health insurance programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, have filled some of the gaps in health insurance coverage for people with disabilities before the health care law, but they didn't go far enough. More

Studies on deaf children may help decode dyslexia
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Imagine trying to learn to read if this sentence actually looked like this: Ignmiea rtiyng to leanr to rade if this eesnetcen acutaulyl loodek like tish. That's the frustration many people with dyslexia feel every day. It's estimated some 40 million Americans struggle with some level of dyslexia, which can leave them confused, frustrated and struggling to keep up. More

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Congressional anti-bullying caucus launched with support of advocacy organizations
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In 2012, at least 13 million children in the United States will be teased, taunted, and physically assaulted by their peers, making bullying the most common form of violence our nation's youth experience this year. On June 28, more than three dozen members of Congress were joined by dozens of national advocacy organizations to launch the bi-partisan Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, which was organized by Rep. Michael M. Honda, Calif. More

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Special education overhaul brings new concerns about students' programs
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As more New York City neighborhood public schools open their doors to students with disabilities this fall, advocates, parents and educators say they are worried about a potential lack of support, especially when it comes to negotiating a student's Individualized Education Program, or I.E.P. More

Brain banks for autism face dearth
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Clare True's brain was one of 150 specimens stored in a Harvard brain bank that was ruined because of a freezer failure, doctors acknowledged. The loss, while a setback for scientists studying disorders like Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's and schizophrenia, especially mortified those working on autism, for it exposed what is emerging as the largest obstacle to progress: the shortage of high-quality autopsied brains from young people with a well-documented medical history. More

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The damage done by special education disparities
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The recent GAO report, "Charter Schools: Additional Federal Attention Needed to Help Protect Access for Students with Disabilities," could help us understand why well-intentioned school "reforms" have done so much harm to the children that they were designed to help. The problem is not special education students. The problem is not charter schools. The problem is the refusal to acknowledge what would have been necessary to help schools with extreme concentrations of traumatized children as they had to serve even greater numbers of students with disabilities left behind in an age of choice. More

Study: Students with disabilities often on both ends of bullying
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Special education students are more likely than their typically developing peers to be bullied. But new evidence indicates they're also often the ones doing the harassing. A new study looking at over 800 students ages 9 to 16 from nine different schools finds that bullying experiences vary dramatically between special education and general education students. More

New Choice Program in Mississippi targets children with dyslexia
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A new Mississippi law gives children with dyslexia the option of using vouchers to attend private schools, or another public school, if the schools have dyslexia-specific instruction. The law was championed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he struggled with dyslexia as a child. More

Autism surge due to diagnostic changes, analysis finds
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A new study suggests that changes to autism diagnosis criteria may be more to blame for rising rates of the developmental disorder than anything else. Since the 1960s, autism prevalence rates have skyrocketed from 4 in 10,000 children to a current reported rate of 1 in 88. The reason behind the rise, however, has remained unclear. More


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