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Steep cuts to special education, disability programs loom
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The White House is warning that special education will face more than $1 billion in cuts and millions more will be trimmed from other federal programs for people with disabilities next year unless lawmakers act. In a report sent to Congress, the Obama administration painted a stark picture of what's to come, detailing the impact of more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 2. More

Where are students with disabilities going to school?
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Nationwide, as school choice options have opened up, students without special needs have tended to leave traditional public schools for charter schools or private schools, using vouchers. As the Associated Press reported recently, for example, the Cleveland school district in Ohio has lost 41 percent of its students since 1996. That's led the proportion of students with disabilities in the district to shoot up from about 13 percent to 23 percent of overall enrollment. More

GAO: Special-needs screening needs improvement
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The military services must shore up their screening of family members to determine if overseas installations can meet special education needs before sending families with such needs to those installations, according to a new government report. The Government Accountability Office found that some military families are being sent to overseas assignments that lack the educational resources for their children with special needs. More

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Improved developmental screening urged for Hispanic kids
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New research suggests that Hispanic children with developmental delays often are undiagnosed, and both Hispanic and non-Hispanic kids who are diagnosed with developmental delays often actually have autism. "Our study raises concerns about access to accurate, culturally relevant information regarding developmental milestones and the importance of early detection and treatment," Virginia Chaidez, the study's lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in the public health sciences department at the University of California, Davis, said in a university news release. More

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Bullying — When should schools intervene?
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Although American adults frequently rate bullying as a serious health concern, a recent poll showed that they have different ideas about which bullying behaviors should make school officials get involved. The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health recently asked questions about bullying to a sample of adults from the U.S. The topics included which behaviors they considered bullying and which ones should make school officials take action. More

Education department expands IDEA help centers
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The number of training centers across the country designed to assist families in accessing services for students with disabilities is on the rise. Federal education officials said that they are awarding more than $9.8 million to expand the number of centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to 101, an increase of one center from this time last year. There is at least one training center in each state tasked with helping parents of kids with disabilities navigate the special education system, officials said. More

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Best Buddies 'can change your life': Program pairs students and peers with intellectual disabilities
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Lindsay Suline loves dancing and her favorite food is Mexican. But, growing up with a developmental disorder has made it difficult for her to make friends she could share her interests with, and she has often felt left out and bored. Not any more, she said. Suline joined a Best Buddies chapter in her high school after a friend of hers raved about the experience, and three years later, her family has noticed that she is happier and more outgoing, the 21-year-old said. She is one of 250 youth who were at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Etobicoke to participant in the 18th Annual Best Buddies Leadership and Training Conference. The two-day meeting was for volunteer leaders who help run student-led Best Buddies chapters in their schools. More


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Test to identify children's dyslexia risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at Canterbury University in New Zealand have developed a test that can accurately predict how well a child will be reading by the end of their first year at school. Pro vice-chancellor Gail Gillon said researchers had devised a simple computer test which could "predict a child's end of first year reading success with 92 percent accuracy." The test could be used to identify pupils at risk of developing the language disorder dyslexia. More

Lawmakers debate using restraint on special needs students
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Indiana lawmakers are investigating the seclusion and restraint of children in schools who who have special needs as they look for ways to greater control the practice. The medical community and special needs advocacy groups largely agree that special needs children in school environments sometimes require seclusion or restraint when they become out of control. But Indiana is one of 19 states that does not govern the practice in any way. More

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Dyscalculia: Awareness and student support
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While most people are familiar with dyslexia, dyscalculia is less well known. Simply defined as a lack of understanding or comprehension of maths, it belongs to the family of specific learning needs and was first identified around 1974. Compared with dyslexia, which was defined over 100 years ago, dyscalculia is a relatively new concept. This means that evidence to support pre-registration student nurses who have dyscalculia remains sparse. The National Numeracy Strategy extends the definition of dyscalculia to include difficulties with the concept of numbers, or with the rote mechanism of learning maths, such as number rules and facts. While the strategy focuses on primary school children, this may be relevant for adult learners too. More

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