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Preparing dyslexics for success in the work place
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While it can be frustrating and challenging, being dyslexic doesn't have to stop you from pursuing your goals or advancing in the workforce. And dyslexia is broader than just having a reading disability. More

Feds: Least restrictive environment applies to transition too
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By law, students with disabilities are supposed to be included in general education to the greatest extent possible. Now, federal officials say the same tenet of inclusion should apply to transition as well. Informal guidance issued recently from the U.S. Department of Education indicates that the requirement in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, that students be placed in the "least restrictive environment" extends beyond the confines of the classroom. Specifically, the concept should apply to work placements if such experiences are part of a student's individualized education program, or IEP, officials at the Education Department said. More

5 rare mutations in single gene increase chances of boys developing ASD
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Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have identified five rare mutations in a single gene that appear to increase the chances that a boy will develop an autism spectrum disorder. Mutations in the AFF2 gene, and other genes like it on the X chromosome, may explain why autism spectrum disorders affect four times as many boys as girls. More

Tooth fillings made with BPA tied to behavior issues
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Kids who get dental fillings made using BPA are more likely to have behavior and emotional problems a few years later, according to a new study. But the effect was small, and the lead researcher was quick to point out that her team didn't measure BPA levels in particular - and had no way of knowing if any other chemicals were leaching out of the fillings. More

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Education law challenges loom after health care ruling
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Legal analysts say that part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the federal health care law will encourage states to challenge education laws and other federal aid programs and legislation passed under Congress' spending power, a pivotal aspect of the historic ruling. The justices ruled 5-4 to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement that individuals purchase a health insurance policy with at least a minimum level of coverage — as a valid exercise under Congress' taxing power. But the court effectively ruled 7-2 that the states could not be threatened with the loss of their existing Medicaid funding if they refused to participate in the law's expansion of the federal health care program for the poor. More

Summer program gives head start to students in special education
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A summer education program in Wisconsin's Marshfield School District is aimed at curbing summer learning loss for students in special education. Students identified for the six-week program receive individualized instruction and a jump-start on new academic material. "We are trying to develop success that hopefully carries over into the normal school year," special educator Amber Kropidlowski said. More

At Senate hearing, witnesses offer alternatives to restraints, seclusion
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While many of the reports and previous testimony on the subject in the House have centered on horror stories in which students were severely injured or died because they were restrained or isolated without supervision, the witnesses who testified at a recent Senate hearing on restraints and seclusion were generally measured and offered specific solutions for reducing their use, and misuse, in schools. More

Child prodigies, autism closely linked
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When a team of researchers homed in on a group of eight wildly-talented child prodigies, they found that autism may have something to do with the children's extraordinary abilities. In a study published in the journal Intelligence, a research team from Yale University and Ohio State University report that autism appears to run in the family for many child prodigies. More

Education Department to study English-language learners with disabilities
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Challenges related to identifying English-language learners who have disabilities and providing appropriate services for them are about to become the subject of a U.S. Department of Education "exploratory" study. More

More than half of states now have NCLB waivers
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Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act remains stalled in Congress, but the Obama administration continues to push ahead with big changes to the accountability system at its core, with more than half the states now having been approved for waivers from major mandates of the law. More


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