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For librarians, a new digital resource on students with disabilities
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A new resource, Project ENABLE, is helping close an identified gap in library services to those with disabilities. In 2006, as part of a New York State impact study, Ruth V. Small of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies asked school librarians to rate their own ability to perform various aspects of their jobs, from measuring student achievement to developing curriculum to implementing new technology. Across the state, one finding was alarmingly consistent: School librarians gave themselves very low grades on serving the needs of students with disabilities. More

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Asperger's dropped from revised diagnosis manual
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The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain. The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Changes were approved Saturday. Full details of all the revisions will come next May when the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual is published, but the impact will be huge, affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. More

Disability rights, access to education vary around the world
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This blog rarely ventures beyond the borders of the United States, as it seems there are ample issues to discuss about special education on American soil. But it seemed worthy to note that Dec. 4 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For starters, the U.S. Senate is still debating whether to approve the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Council for Exceptional Children calls the document landmark and has been urging the Senate to ratify it, noting that 90 percent of children with disabilities in developing countries have no access to school, in sharp contrast to educational access for children with disabilities in America. More

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'Brooklyn Castle': Boy fights attention deficit disorder with game of chess
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Patrick Johnston is surrounded by a legion of champions at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the after-school chess club players have won 26 titles, more than any other junior high in the country. At 11, he struggles with attention deficit disorder and is the lowest-rated player on the team. But he has ambition. He practices his skills seven days a week, hoping to reach the modest goal of ranking at a middle level. More



New autism research highlights the need to help children make emotional transitions
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Most people know when to be afraid and when it's OK to calm down. But new research on autism shows that children with the diagnosis struggle to let go of old, outdated fears. Even more significantly, the Brigham Young University study found that this rigid fearfulness is linked to the severity of classic symptoms of autism, such as repeated movements and resistance to change. For parents and others who work with children diagnosed with autism, the new research highlights the need to help children make emotional transitions — particularly when dealing with their fears. More


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Disabilities cannot prevent college students from succeeding
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Some college students are hard of hearing, while others have trouble seeing. No matter what their impairment may be, it is important for these individuals to know they can still earn a bachelor's or master's degree just like their peers without disabilities. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 11.3 percent of undergraduates pursuing degrees during the 2003-2004 academic year had a disability, while the same was true of 10.8 percent of students during the 2007-2008 school year. Learning disabilities, deafness, visual handicaps and health impairments were among the conditions degree seekers had to contend with during these years. More

Assistive technology and the 1:1 student
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Much has been said about the iPad being a revolutionary device for education. There are even education conferences that are dedicated to its use. About a year ago, after the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, "60 Minutes" ran a piece on how the iPad was being used as an assistive technology with autistic students. This piece was eye opening for many — it showed the potential for this device as an assistive technology and how it can change learning for students with disabilities or impairments. More

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Family's economic situation influences brain function in children
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Children of low socioeconomic status work harder to filter out irrelevant environmental information than those from a high-income background because of learned differences in what they pay attention to, according to new research published in the open access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. More


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Technology can help children with autism communicate more effectively in classrooms
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The use of technology in the classroom is nothing new, but Topcliffe Primary School in Birmingham, U.K., is breaking new ground by using technology to help people with autism communicate more effectively. The school, which teaches around 30 children with various levels of autism, was one of four schools across U.K., which participated in the ECHOES research project, jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council from universities across the U.K. to explore how technology can make a difference in the classroom. The researchers used the Technology Enhanced Learning program ECHOES which allows children to engage with virtual characters and interactive technologies. More

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Victims of bullying often suffer trauma symptoms
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This study of 963 children aged 14 and 15 in Norwegian schools found a high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms among bullied pupils. These signs were seen in roughly 33 percent of respondents who said they had been victims of bullying. "This is noteworthy, but nevertheless unsurprising," says psychologist Thormod Idsøe from the University of Stavanger and Bergen's Center for Crisis Psychology. "Bullying is defined as long-term physical or mental violence by an individual or group." More
 
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