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The other achievement gap: Children with learning disabilities
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Just in time for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a new report is out that discusses how to help more children with dyslexia become proficient readers. Without these students — who combined with other students with learning disabilities make up about 5 percent of the school-age population — schools can't overcome the achievement gap, the report notes. More

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LDA names executive director
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During the Interim LDA Board of Directors meeting held in Chicago Sept. 21-22, 2012, the board named long-time employee and Acting Executive Director Mary-Clare Reynolds as its executive director. Mary-Clare has been with the organization 24 years as of Oct. 1, brings a vast knowledge of office management, conference planning, staff and volunteer coordination, as well as a deep knowledge of LDA's history. The board is very pleased that Mary-Clare has accepted this position and will help lead LDA during its 50th anniversary year and as LDA moves forward in the future.

National Forum on Disability Issues
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LDA joined with a long list of national organizations to sponsor the National Forum on Disability Issues, held on Sept. 28, in Ohio. This was the only national event focused on disability issues during the presidential election campaign. More

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Special education concerns emerge with online learning
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As schools increasingly turn to online classes, a group tasked with investigating the impact on students with disabilities is raising some serious concerns. In an open letter, officials with the federally-funded Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities say that there are a number of unknowns with this emerging technology. Specifically, they say that online learning is plagued with inconsistent policies, questionable teacher training requirements and accessibility problems, among other issues. More

US Department of Labor launches virtual Workplace Flexibility Toolkit
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The U.S. Department of Labor has launched its online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit to provide employees, job seekers, employers, policymakers and researchers with information, resources and a unique approach to workplace flexibility. Workplace flexibility policies and practices typically focus on when and where work is done. The toolkit adds a new dimension — an emphasis on flexibility around job tasks and what work is done. More

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Impact of Sequestration on students with special needs
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States and school districts could be forced to lay off approximately 12,000 special education teachers and aides, as well as other staff serving kids with disabilities. More than 500,000 students with special needs stand to be impacted by this reduction in services. Such was the news carried in the recently released letter from the House Appropriations Committee — Democrats, U.S. House of Representatives. Authored by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Norman Dicks, the letter outlines not only cuts in Education, but in Health, Science and Innovation, Safety Net Programs, Defense, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Protection of Financial Markets and International Affairs. More

Children with ADHD find medication frees them to choose between right and wrong, study suggests
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Children living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to feel that they benefit from medication to treat the condition and do not feel that the medication turns them into "robots," according to a report. In fact, they report feeling that medication helps them to control their behavior and make better decisions. The study, which gives a voice to the children themselves, provides valuable insights into their experiences and the stigma they face. More


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Steven Spielberg talks about dyslexia and his struggle to read
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A 66-year-old man talks about dyslexia, his struggle to learn to read and the shame and frustration that plagued him in school. "In my case I was unable to read for at least two years. I was two years behind the rest of my class," he relates. "I was embarrassed to stand up in front of the class and read." And because he was slow to read, he became the target for bullies, making school an agony. So how did he cope? Well, since the man in question is Steven Spielberg, that answer is obvious — he started to make movies. As a youngster, Spielberg discovered that while he might have a hard time reading a story, with a camera he could tell one. However, even with all his success, Spielberg didn't learn that he was dyslexic until he reached 60. The diagnosis came as a huge relief. More

Support from adults and peers lessens the effects of bullying
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A new study identifies social support from adults or peers as an essential buffer to the experience of bullying, and the psychological health of school girls. Previous research suggests that depression can lead to toxic peer relationships, emphasizing the need for adolescents to have concrete relationships with their peers because this can help them adapt to other aspects of life. This study conducted by lead author Dr. Martin Guhn, and published in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies, also finds that social support from peers, adults, or both, actually decreases the negative results of bullying in school girls, notably, depression and anxiety. More

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Exercise improves school performance for kids with ADHD
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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may perform better in school after just 20 minutes of exercise. The finding, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, came from a team of experts at Michigan State University who have demonstrated for the first time that kids with ADHD can focus better and become less distracted after a quick session of exercise. This is significant because "inhibitory control" is the biggest struggle people with the disorder have to deal with. More

Goal of dyslexia education: Understanding, deal with the frustration
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About three dozen people recently gathered at Hardin-Simmons University after a full day of work just to be frustrated. They knew what they were getting into when they signed up for the Experience Dyslexia Workshop, an event put on by Center for Literacy & Learning at HSU as part of Dyslexia Awareness Month. "This is designed to be frustrating," said Emily Dean, Ph.D, the director for the center. "Children with dyslexia get frustrated." More

Attention disorder or not, pills to help in school
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When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. Anderson is one of the more outspoken proponents of an idea that is gaining interest among some physicians. They are prescribing stimulants to struggling students in schools starved of extra money — not to treat A.D.H.D., necessarily, but to boost their academic performance. More

How parents and schools can help build kids' emotional strength
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For parents, the pre-teen and teenage years can be overwhelming, disorienting and puzzling. Students encounter the tangled web of changing hormones, shifting social dynamics, entrée into social media, the desire for greater independence as well as the need for emotional safety. Many parents can feel at a loss as to how to communicate and connect with their child during this period. This is where schools can play a key role. Schools have the data point of hundreds of children over many years, and with the benefit of this broad perspective, can help parents make sense out of the social and emotional issues that come up. More

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