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Lawmakers warn of special education cuts
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Some 12,000 special education teachers and aides could lose their jobs in the coming months unless Congress acts to stop impending cuts, according to a new report from Congressional Democrats. The warning is the latest from lawmakers on the impact likely to be felt from a series of automatic federal spending reductions expected to take effect Jan. 2 under a process known as sequestration. The cuts — totaling more than $100 billion — were triggered after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal last year. The White House estimates that special education alone would lose more than $1 billion under the plan, which calls for most federal programs to be slashed by at least 8.2 percent. More

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Position statement — What are learning disabilities
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LDA President Patricia Latham recently announced a new position paper was approved by the LDA Board of Directors at their Sept. 22 meeting: What Are Learning Disabilities? Latham states "we feel that it is important to clarify in a short paper the range of neurologically based disorders covered by the term 'learning disabilities'." The paper is posted on the LDA website. More

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Advocates: Uphold graduation rate accountability under NCLB waivers
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Some disability advocacy groups are joining forces with others concerned about whether states will continue to be held accountable for students graduating from high school now that so many states have been granted No Child Left Behind waivers. The Learning Disabilities Association said last week it has signed onto a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan with a number of other organizations that questions whether states that have received waivers are in violation of federal regulations issued in 2008 linking strong accountability and improvement in high school graduation rates. The National Down Syndrome Society, National Down Syndrome Congress, Easter Seals, the National Center on Learning Disabilities, and National Disability Rights Network, among others, have also signed on. More

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Self-advocacy, mentors key for college students with disabilities
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College remains a hurdle for many with disabilities. Now a new study offers insight on what separates individuals with special needs who are ultimately successful in higher education from those who are not. In interviews with recent graduates with disabilities, researchers found that students who earned degrees shared the ability to self-advocate and persevere. They also had good insight into their abilities and limitations and often cited a strong relationship with at least one faculty or staff member on campus. Many overcame significant challenges to succeed in college, with some saying that they earned degrees even after being told by high school teachers that they were not "college material." More

ADHD medication helps children make moral choices, does not turn them into 'robots'
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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, led by Dr Ilina Singh from the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, gives a voice to the children themselves, providing valuable insights into their experiences and the stigma they face. More


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What you hear could depend on what your hands are doing
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New research links motor skills and perception, specifically as it relates to a second finding — a new understanding of what the left and right brain hemispheres "hear." Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say these findings may eventually point to strategies to help stroke patients recover their language abilities, and to improve speech recognition in children with dyslexia. More

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Common adaptive tests to address special needs
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Computer-adaptive testing, in theory, should allow educators to pinpoint more accurately the achievement levels of students with disabilities, to focus on areas where those students need help. Designed to provide each student with an individualized test, computer-adaptive testing gives students with disabilities more questions they can get right, preventing frustration and can provide support to aid students as they take the exams, assessment experts say. More

Programs help to ease transition to adult life
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Today, more and more high school students with disabilities are graduating and getting jobs, or continuing on to post-secondary education at major colleges and universities. With the introduction of new assistance tools at the high school and college levels, students in need of special services are finding it easier to prepare for the responsibilities of adulthood. For some Winona parents of special needs high school students, the idea of losing the support their child has had in primary and secondary school can be an unpleasant thought. More

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The power, legacy of Steven Spielberg's dyslexia in '60 Minutes': 'I own my fear'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Steven Spielberg's "60 Minutes" interview not only revealed Steven Spielberg's way of dealing with fear but also his experience with anger, bullying, denial, being an outsider and self-acceptance. Steven Spielberg's interview Spielberg: A director's life reflected in film with Lesley Stahl on Oct. 21 is not the first interview in which the award-winning film director shared some of the most powerful life lessons that come with being dyslexic. In a most recent exclusive interview with Quinn Bradlee, Steven Spielberg discussed for the first time his dyslexia, his childhood memories of being an outsider, and why he fled college to make movies. More

Locals question effectiveness of fonts created for those with dyslexia
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Hype or help? In the age of technology, Internet entrepreneurs are offering new fonts online designed to help people with dyslexia. Despite the buzz they are generating — and perhaps profits for their designers — Knoxville, Tenn., area experts and students with dyslexia remain skeptical about the new fonts. "I thought it was more difficult to read because I had to think about the letters more, and try to see them in the proper order," said Stockton Dempster of Knoxville, 14, a homeschool student with dyslexia who recently looked up a new font called OpenDyslexic. More

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Children with autism lack language to explain behavior
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Unlike typically developing children, children with autism do not use language areas of the brain to identify socially inappropriate behavior, according to a study in PLoS One. Dr. Elizabeth J. Carter, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and colleagues performed functional magnetic resonance imaging in 12 children with autism and 13 children with typical development while they were shown two pictures and asked which was of a boy being bad (social condition) or which was outdoors (physical condition). More

Teaching without words
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Matthew Peterson is an extremely smart person who as a child struggled with dyslexia and the way he was taught in the traditional school system — a system that focuses on words and numbers. He overcame his early struggle to go on to earn undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering, and Chinese language and literature and a doctorate in neuroscience. He is currently the chief technical officer and senior scientist at the MIND Research Institute. More

Individualized education model optimizes chances of success for children with autism
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Students with autism have the best chances of success in school through an individualized education model that involves teachers, service providers and parents, according to a new book co-authored by Dr. John McGrew, a psychology professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. McGrew, who also serves as the director of the Clinical Psychology Program in Department of Psychology, is one of three researchers involved in the book, "Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success for Students with autism spectrum disorder." Co-authors include Lisa A. Ruble and Nancy J. Dalrymple. More

Study: Cyberbullying rarely single factor in teen suicides
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Cyberbullying is rarely the only factor behind teen suicides, according to a small study. The researchers found that most teen suicide victims are bullied both online and in school, and that many also suffer from depression. For the study, the investigators analyzed 41 suicide cases in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. There were 24 female and 17 male victims, ages 13 to 18. Twenty-four percent of the teens were the victims of homophobic bullying. Of those, half were identified as homosexual and the other half were identified as heterosexual or of unknown sexual preference. More

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