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'Most Unlikely to Succeed' has powerful message of overcoming dyslexia
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Imagine being almost 30 and not able to read or write. That's what happened to Nelson Lauver, author of the memoir "Most Unlikely to Succeed." In 1969, Lauver was a fun-loving first-grader. His enthusiasm came to a halt the following year when dyslexia went undiagnosed. Today, as a radio broadcaster, speaker, humorist and author, he is on a mission to remove the stigma associated with reading disabilities. More



Legislators urge full funding for special education programs
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As a member of the IDEA Full Funding Coalition, the National Association of Secondary School Principals is very pleased that Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has reintroduced the IDEA Full Funding Act (S. 1403). The bill seeks to ensure that the federal government fulfills its promise under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to pay 40 percent of the excess cost of educating a child with a disability. More

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Catching learning disabilities at a young age key to academic success
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As children with learning disabilities get older, they may have trouble writing clearly, conveying their thoughts in speech or writing, reading and sounding out words, understanding directions, staying organized and concentrating or remembering facts and information. Dr. Greg Liptak of the American Academy of Pediatrics said denial from parents, especially those with successful careers, and misdiagnosing learning disabilities as laziness are two common problems. More

Obama gives go-ahead for NCLB waivers to states
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With efforts to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act languishing in Congress, President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Education to grant waivers to states that agree to adopt a prescribed set of education reforms. Just what those reforms will be — and what freedoms states will gain in return — remain unclear. Those details will be made public in September. More

High school grad with learning disabilities 'proud of who I am'
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Melanie Nickles wasn't always so confident and self-assured. The 17-year-old from Santa Maria, Calif., used to be bullied because of her learning disability The confidence boost came after Nickles enrolled in a leadership class last year, and then met other students with disabilities last month at the 20th Annual Youth Leadership Forum in Sacramento, Calif. More


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North Carolina offering tax credit for students' special education
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A new North Carolina law will allow parents of students with disabilities to get a tax credit to help pay for their children's education. The law gives parents of children with special needs a tax credit of up to $6,000 per year. To qualify for the tax credit, the child must receive special education or related services daily. More

Grant to help special-needs students in rural areas
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Students in rural Utah who need special instruction not available at their schools will soon have access to interactive video-conferencing capabilities, thanks to a federal grant. The nearly $150,000 grant plus matching funds from districts and the state will be used to provide instructional and behavioral support through real-time conferencing with specialists at regional, state or district locations. More


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New teachers seek support online
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For those who can't get face-to-face mentoring time, online mentoring can be a big help, says Alyson Mike, director of online professional development at the New Teacher Center, a nonprofit based in Santa Cruz, Calif. The New Teacher Center's largest endeavor is called e-Mentoring for Student Success, a year-long, nationwide mentoring program that pairs novice science, math and special education teachers with those with experience. More

Expert pursues goal of every school 'serving all kids, no exceptions'
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More than 30 years after passage of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, many schools remain segregated for at least part of the day, says Wayne Sailor, a professor of special education at the University of Kansas. Sailor says that by combining response to intervention and positive behavioral interventions and supports and destroying any opportunity for a student with disabilities to be segregated from other students, along with a host of other measures, all students can benefit, and achieve. More

Inclusive employment model gaining steam
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Inspired by Walgreens' efforts to bring people with disabilities into the workforce, Proctor & Gamble recently opened a packaging facility in Auburn, Maine, where at least 30 percent of employees will be people with physical or developmental disabilities. Employees with special needs at the site will work side-by-side with those who are typically developing, earning the same wages and will be held to the same standards, company officials said. More

Researchers study ability to count, comprehend numbers
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A formal model of the cognitive basis of counting has been reported in new research. The experimental findings provide the first evidence that "number sense" can be improved by properly targeted training, while the computational modeling provides a formal account of why the training works, as well as offering the first formal model of how the number sense is learned by children and how numerical capacity limits arise. More

Students with learning disabilities buddy up during summer
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Brockton High School's Boxer Buddies program in Brockton, Mass., which has been pairing special needs students with peers during the school year since the spring of 2009, has extended into the summer for the first time this year. The summer pilot program offers weaving and ceramics lessons for buddies. More
 
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