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School disability complaints hit record high
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Federal education officials are handling a record number of disability-related civil rights complaints in the nation's schools. In a report, the U.S. Department of Education says that more than 11,700 complaints alleging violations of disability rights were filed with its Office of Civil Rights between 2009 and 2011. That's the highest number ever received in a three-year period, the agency said. The vast majority of concerns — more than 4,600 — hinged on the rights of students with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education, or FAPE. More

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Survey: Learning disabilities causes, treatments commonly misunderstood
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A recent nationwide survey of nearly 2,000 Americans by the National Center for Learning Disabilities has found that many people are uncertain about the causes and treatments of learning disabilities, and believe more education on the subject is needed in their children's schools. Of those who took the online survey, 12 percent indicated they have a learning disability, while 8 percent of the parents surveyed said they have a child with a learning disability. More

Transportable classroom aids children with learning disabilities
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Shebra Hall drives a van that is also a transportable classroom to the homes of children with learning disabilities. Hall is the community initiative coordinator of BrightStart!, a program designed to detect and treat reading deficiencies and dyslexia in children, that is organized by Delaware's branch of the children's health system Nemours. The program tests prekindergarten-aged children to ensure they do not fall behind in reading comprehension, according to Hall. Hall said the project is the first of its kind nationwide. The program provides evidence-based tools for three to five-year-old children at risk of reading deficiency, with the goal of laying the foundation for long-term reading success in children. More

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States get millions to train special educators
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Nearly two dozen states will benefit from millions in new federal funding to improve training for those working with special education students in the nation's schools. The U.S. Department of Education says it is sending more than $24 million to 22 states. The funding is intended to help recruit and retain highly-qualified special educators, support teachers in blending the needs of those with disabilities and the new common core standards and train educators to utilize positive behavioral interventions and supports, among other initiatives. More


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5 facts most people don't know about learning disabilities
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A recent survey of 2,000 Americans by the National Center for Learning Disabilities reveals how very much most people still need to learn about learning disabilities. I was especially troubled to read that 30 percent of those surveyed said they had made jokes about themselves having a learning disability when making an error in reading, writing or mathematics. To many people, learning disabilities are a laughing matter that can be readily corrected. Why else would 55 percent of those surveyed think that wearing corrective eyewear would be enough to "fix" a learning disability? More

Program to promote socialization among students
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A total of 40 students are taking part in a program at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School that plans to partner those with developmental disabilities with other students in physical education classes across the grades. Called PE Partners, the program is a collaboration between the special education and physical education departments. More

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Inadequate teaching may soon become a thing of the past for many special needs kids
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The Department of Education has just made their largest investment ever in improving education for students with disabilities. With the goal of establishing a cohesive system to effectively train teachers who work with disabled children, the department's Office of Special Education Programs has granted $25 million over the next five years to the University of Florida's College of Education. More


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Special school has positive impact on special needs children
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Dick Yarbrough, a graduate of the University of Georgia and past president of the National Alumni Association, writes: "If you aren't careful, it is very easy to get pessimistic these days. We have gotten too loud, too adversarial, too politically-correct, too ethically-challenged, too secular and too narrow-minded — not to mention slightly humor-impaired. Just when I think that maybe this world and those who occupy it are beyond redemption, I run across someone like Ava White and I am reminded that there are good people quietly doing good things for all the right reasons." More

10 tips for a dyslexic thinker
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Award-winning author and illustrator Sally Gardner offers advice on dyslexia to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week. More


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Study: California schools suspend students at higher rates than average
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California suspended students from school at higher rates than average and showed particularly harsh handling of African Americans with disabilities, according to a study. California ranked 15th of 47 states in their suspension rates of white and black students, according to the study by The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA. It ranked eighth for Asian Americans and 17th for Latinos. In what the study's co-author called one of the most alarming findings, 28 percent of black students with disabilities had been suspended in California at least once during the 2009-2010 school year. More

Disability concerns may sway vote
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A new survey of likely voters suggests most are touched personally by someone with a disability and that those relationships could affect how they vote in the November election. In the poll of 1,000 expected voters nationwide, 51 percent said that they have a family member or close friend with a disability. And many indicated that connection could impact their decision in the upcoming presidential election. Some 41 percent of those surveyed said they'd be more inclined to support a candidate who pledges to make policies and programs helping those with disabilities a national priority. More
 
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