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Feds loosen rules on cutting special education spending
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School districts that want to reduce special education spending from one year to the next without restoring what was cut now have the blessing of the U.S. Department of Education. In the past, federal law was interpreted to mean that once a district set its special education budget, it could not be reduced permanently except for very specific reasons. More



Rules finally issued on infants, toddlers with disabilities
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Six years after the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act was renewed, the U.S. Department of Education recently finalized regulations that address infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Babies and toddlers with disabilities come under the law's Part C program, a $436 million program that serves children through age 2 who have developmental delays or a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of leading to a developmental delay. More

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Audit: Massachusetts' special education money misspent
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More than two decades of failed oversight have allowed the Massachusetts' special education collaboratives to misspend millions of taxpayer dollars, according to the state auditor's office, which has found a pattern of excessive salaries, conflicts of interest, and possible pension law violations at six of the 30 publicly funded agencies. More

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Prize-winning poet: Discovering 'My Dyslexia' at 58
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As a child, Philip Schultz didn't understand why he couldn't learn. He was held back twice and both his classmates and teachers ignored him. When he revealed that he wanted to be a writer, he was ridiculed. Schultz went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. But it wasn't until his young son was diagnosed with dyslexia that Schultz, then 58, had a name for the disorder that had plagued him his entire life. More

Female leaders with adult ADD/ADHD
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These seven ADHD women don't let their ADHD diagnosis, ADHD symptoms or the world hold them back. Women (and men) with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, take comfort in these leading ADD/ADHD ladies' stories. More


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Smithsonian to showcase artists with disabilities
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VSA, the international group that specializes in the arts and disabilities, will showcase 15 young artists' works at the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. More

Student with learning disabilities earns prestigious scholarship
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Hunter Ian Hart of Brandon, Fla., has coped with learning disabilities and an immune deficiency disorder as he pursued his dream of developing educational video games. Hart, 21, was recently awarded a Randy Pausch Scholarship by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences he'll use in his master's degree studies at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at the University of Central Florida. More


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Special educator to appear on 'The Amazing Race'
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A special education teacher will be jetting around the world this fall on CBS's "The Amazing Race" and she says that teaching students with disabilities has prepared her for the challenge. "Teaching special education has taught me that the sky is the limit and the only stumbling block is you," said Jennifer Young, 26, of Stone Mountain, Ga. "It takes a special person to teach and an extra special person to teach special education." More

Study: Fish oil helps some children with learning disabilities
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During trials, Alex Richardson, a neuroscientist based at Oxford University, found children with dyslexia and ADHD tendencies experienced improved concentration, decreased anxiety and a reduction in disruptive behavior, after three months of fish oils. More
 
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