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Making 'common core' tests accessible to all students
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The idea of a set of interoperability technology standards that permit states to share data and test items across states and that enables the tagging of test content in a way to make test questions more accessible to different kinds of English-language learners and students with disabilities got a lot of play yesterday in a public meeting about the tests being developed for the states' common-core academic standards. More



DC charter school focuses on inclusion of special needs students
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At Bridges Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., inclusion is more than a policy, it is a practice. About 25 percent of Bridges’' students have learning disabilities, a higher percentage than other schools, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Betsy Clyde Santofanti, chairwoman of the Bridges School Board, said the school is structured to meet each child's needs. School official select faculty members who are specifically interested in educating children with special needs. More

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Unique first day pressures face kids with special needs
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For parents of children with special needs, fine details can be crucial in making sure their child has a smooth school year. Parents of children with disabilities do a lot more than check off the supply list and pick out a new pair of tennis shoes before the first day of school. They often start their summer communicating with teachers and the district, visiting the school and planning and preparing with their child for what's going to be new. More

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Finding the right IT tools for persons with disabilities
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MIT's Assistive Technology Information Center helps community members with disabilities use information technology optimally as they study and work. As another academic year comes into view, ATIC staff are out in front, testing IT tools for those who have various disabilities, including dyslexia. More

Donation will help combat dyslexia in Texas town
The International Dyslexia Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Elsa Cardenas Hagan received a generous donation from former first lady Barbara Bush at the recent Celebration of Reading in Houston. The award is a matching grant from the Brownsville Foundation for Health and Education and will assist all dyslexia teachers in Brownsville, Texas, to become state certified dyslexia practitioners. More


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Study: Poor, rural families need support for special needs students
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Researchers are offering advice for working with special needs or low-income students in rural areas: Provide special programs for female students with disabilities, consider the hardships of low-income families when creating family involvement programs, and advocate for anti-poverty programs. Of the 136 rural mothers in the study, 40 percent had at least one child with special needs. More

Teaching visualization boosts reading skills
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Dr. Vicki Parker writes that when her dyslexic daughter needed help learning to read, she employed visualization — a strategy she has used with some of her traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. Parker says visualization is a very powerful tool for memory and comprehension, and it is fun. More


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California center helps some children with learning disabilities
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Brain Balance Achievement Center in Clovis, Calif., specializes in helping children with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Tourette's syndrome and other disorders and learning disabilities. The centers' nonmedical treatment is based on the theory that an imbalance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain is the root cause of disorders and learning difficulties. More

Study finds genetic links between ADHD, other neurological disorders
Mother Nature Network's Jenn Savedge Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study has found that many different rare genetic variants are responsible for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And on top of that, the same genes associated with ADHD have also been linked to other neurological disorders. As many as 75 percent of people with autism and autism spectrum disorders also have ADHD, but it was unclear whether or not these two conditions were genetically linked. More

Maryland school district aims for improved special-education scores
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Public middle school educators in Prince Georges, Md., hope an intense focus on data analysis and an increase in after-school learning opportunities will increase standardized test scores after all but one failed to achieve state benchmarks in 2011 for proficiency in math and reading. State middle schools have not made Adequate Yearly Progress in math in the special education subgroup since 2008. More
 
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