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How many students with disabilities take the NAEP?
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While many students with disabilities are included in state exams in reading, math, and other subjects, in 2005, a Government Accountability Office report found that they are more likely to be excluded from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card. More



Alabama district makes changes aimed to better meet needs of special education students
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Teaching special education students in Montgomery, Ala., public schools has been a weakness for the system when it comes to meeting federal accountability standards, but this year officials said things are different and new measures are in place to help students get the resources they need. More

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Preschool peers may boost language skills in kids
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Preschool students with poor language skills show much greater improvement if they're placed in a classroom with higher-achieving children, compared to being in a class with other low-achievers, researchers say. More

Were special education, Title I, other programs cut by mistake?
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When Congress passed a short-term budget bill that expires Nov. 18, lawmakers may not have realized what some of the bill's potential long-term effects might be on education spending — although states and school districts noticed their action right away. More


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Groundbreaking new Spanish-language initiative from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
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Today one in five school children is Hispanic, and it is estimated that Hispanics will account for 95 percent of the teen population growth in the U.S. in the next decade. Many of these children are at special risk for lower academic achievement, grade repetition and school dropout. Hispanic families need access to information about learning disabilities and other resources to help their children receive the services and supports they need to succeed in school and beyond. More

Anesthesia in infancy tied to learning problems
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Infants who are given general anesthesia more than once are twice as likely to have learning disabilities later on than children never exposed to the drugs, a new study suggests. More

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Congress puts children's SSI under the microscope
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Congress is turning its attention to soaring growth in the Social Security benefits program for children with disabilities and that has advocates on edge. Concerns about the children's Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, program came to light last fall when The Boston Globe published a series of articles suggesting that the benefits are seen as a form of welfare by some poor families. More

Sports and kids with learning differences
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Playing sports has an added layer of issues for children with learning differences. There is more to the game than just athletic ability; this is where working closely with your child's coach becomes an intricate dance. While the coach knows how to do his job, you know how best to teach your child. Diplomacy and clear language become your best skills when helping the coach get the most from your child on the court or the field. More


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Bold stroke: New font helps dyslexics read
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After years of fumbling while reading the written word, Christian Boer, a graphic designer from the Netherlands, has developed a way to help tackle his dyslexia. The 30-year-old created a font called Dyslexie that has proved to decrease the number of errors made by dyslexics while reading. More

Online bachelor's degree to cater to students with disabilities
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A first-of-its-kind program launching in January is designed to make obtaining a four-year degree more attainable for people with developmental disabilities. The bachelor's degree program from Sage Colleges in Albany, NY includes a traditional 120 credit hours, but features small classes, extra supports and a modified course schedule to meet the needs of students with autism and other special needs. More

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Left behind: Disability community still faces employment crisis
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People with disabilities are doing worse now than they were at the height of the unemployment crisis brought on by the Great Recession. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics just started tracking the employment of people who are disabled in June 2008. And in the post-financial crisis, that community is still in crisis. More

Utah launches campaign to educate parents about developmental delays
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Parents may have noted when little one crawled and took a first step. But what about making eye contact or pointing to objects? The Utah Department of Health wants parents to watch for such developmental milestones so children can get help earlier if they don't meet them. Missing milestones could mean the child has an intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or trouble hearing or seeing. More
 
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