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Bill would boost federal spending on students with disabilities
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Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and 13 other senators introduced a bill that proposes the federal government fulfill a decades-old promise to pay 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities. The proposal suggests the federal government would reach the 40 percent mark by 2021. For years, advocates of students with disabilities have pushed for the federal contribution toward the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. More

Study finds link between musical ability, reading comprehension
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British neuroscientists asked 64 children, 33 of whom had been diagnosed as dyslexic, to listen to three dozen pairs of brief sequences of notes. The dyslexic students — they were 10 years old, on average — correctly characterized the sequences as the same or different 63 percent of the time, compared with 83 percent for a control group of students of the same age. An inability to recognize rhythmic patterns strongly predicted reading level: Among the children, scores on the music test accounted for 42 percent of the variation in reading ability. More

Girls, women with ADHD typically have more problems to solve than men do
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Barely 31 years after Attention Deficit Disorder first appeared in the bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, front-line clinical therapists say that increasing awareness of the condition has led to many more girls being diagnosed while they're young. Even so, while girls and boys currently are diagnosed at a ratio of about 1-to-3 — an increase from about 1-to-8 in the 1990s — the rate for diagnoses of adult women and men is about 1-to-1. More

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Adaptive Technology Camp a fun adventure for kids and parents
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Summer school is bad enough; bringing your parents with you could be considered punishment. That's not the way the kids and parents who attended Adaptive Technology Camp, hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe County in Barrie, Ontario, felt about the experience. Merci Black, who traveled from Sudbury with her daughter Holly, 11, to attend the camp, said watching her daughter's confidence grow has been wonderful. More

Study on babies' vision may shed light on learning disabilities
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Babies have far less ability to recognize rapidly changing images than adults, according to research that shows that while infants can perceive flicker or movement, they may not be able to identify the individual elements within a moving or changing scene as well as an adult. The research is now being extended to people with developmental disorders that affect visual perception, such as dyslexia, fragile X syndrome or autism. By understanding visual perception in typically developing children, the researchers hope to understand how and when it can go wrong. More

When 'just not a math person' doesn't add up: Dyscalculia and what it means for kids
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Dyscalculia, a widely underdiagnosed learning disability that makes it difficult for individuals to grasp math concepts, might affect as many people as dyslexia. Specialized teaching to help those with dyscalculia should be made widely available in mainstream education, according to a review of current research published recently in the journal Science. The disorder can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life and on the economy, neuroscientist Brian Butterworth of the University College London and colleagues say. More

Bullying and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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L.K. v. New York City Department of Education dealt with "the extent to which bullying by other students inhibits a disabled child from being educated appropriately, and what her school must do about it" under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. L.K. was a 12-year-old girl with learning disabilities. The New York City Department of Education originally placed her into an integrated, public school class. More

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Advocates say special education teachers need 'tweaked' evaluations
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Advocates are worried that New York City's new evaluation system could penalize teachers of students with special needs. Sixty percent of the new evaluations is based on subjective measures like principal observations, and the other 40 percent is based on student test scores. The concern of Advocates for Children of New York is that teachers who work with high-needs students will be at a disadvantage because they likely won't see the gains in test scores that other teachers will. More

Advocating for children with learning disabilities, autism
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If you have a child with autism or a child with a learning disability, understanding the resources available to you through the state and through your public school system can be intimidating. You need to be both knowledgeable and assertive to guarantee the best treatment for your child. Sara Reed, president of the Autism Society of Connecticut, has some helpful advice to help you advocate for your child. More

Children with learning disabilities, seniors pair up at Sensational Synergy
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A summer program called Sensational Synergy in Groton, Conn., promotes social skills for children facing developmental delays associated with a variety of learning and emotional disabilities. The program pairs students with seniors housed at the Fairview Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut. Participants engage in activities similar to those in typical summer camp including music, art, and physical education. More

Districts include special education students
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Like many school districts in these turbulent economic times, Bristol Township in Pennsylvania has dealt with serious budget challenges. Despite those hurdles, its special education program remains an uplifting comeback story, maximizing resources and improving the learning environment for students with disabilities. The primary change has been in how Bristol Township and other local districts prioritize the practice of inclusion — including special education students in regular education classrooms as much as possible, with learning supports. More

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