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Inclusion in middle schools
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Current legislation supports the concept of including students with disabilities in the general education classroom but leaves many wondering, "Is this approach working?" Determining the effectiveness of this practice is a task not easily accomplished. The term itself — inclusion — is not found in any law and is used inconsistently in the educational community. Inclusive programs differ greatly from district to district, both in definition and implementation. More

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OSEP Spanish glossary
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The right of parents to participate in educational decision-making regarding their child with a disability is an important underpinning of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, for many parents, lack of understanding of the education and legal terminology included in IDEA, may limit their ability to effectively accomplish this important role. This is an especially significant challenge for parents of children with disabilities who are not native English Speakers. The OSEP Spanish Glossary was developed by the Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center@SPAN to ensure that educational terms related to the implementation of IDEA used in documents to promote parents' authentic participation are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way, across states, geographical regions and communities of Spanish speakers. More


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Math disability linked to problem relating quantities to numerals
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Children who start elementary school with difficulty associating small exact quantities of items with the printed numerals that represent those quantities are more likely to develop a math-related learning disability than are their peers, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The children in the study who appeared to have difficulty grasping the fundamental concept of exact numerical quantities — that the printed numeral 3, for example, represents three dots on a page — went on to be diagnosed with math learning disability by fifth grade. More

Learning disabled students make movie magic
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"A Miracle on Christmas," is just one of the latest movies being filmed in Kern County, Calif. But on this set, it's young adults with disabilities who are making movie magic. Ted Coleman is the film's autistic assistant director and writer. "I've had a knack for writing since I was in junior high school and when I found out how simple it is to format a screen play I was like wow, I can do this," Coleman said. And Coleman's doing it, he's written four screenplays for the Kern Film Workshop. "A Miracle on Christmas" is his latest story inspired by his mentor Joey Travolta.
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Schools ask for easier access to Medicaid for special education services
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Schools tap Medicaid for more than $1.6 billion each year to pay for services for some students with disabilities. Physical, occupational and speech therapy, mental health services, transportation and counseling could be covered if a student's education plan says they need these things. But, said John Hill of the National Alliance on Medicaid in Education, schools could be missing out on possibly billions more, money that instead comes out of school district budgets and federal special education money, because of paperwork required to claim the Medicaid funds. More

Autistic teens with epilepsy may have abnormal photosensitivity
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Nearly one-third of older teens with autism spectrum disorders and comorbid epilepsy also had a brain wave pattern associated with seizure-related light sensitivity. The interictal EEGs of these teenagers showed a photoparoxysmal response to a flashing strobe light, Dr. Jill Miller-Horn said at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. The incidence of photoparoxysmal response sharply increased with age, she said — a finding that could speak to environmental factors that influence this EEG patterns in children with autism. More

Wisconsin districts ask to cut special education budgets without penalty
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Disability advocates are upset that some Wisconsin school districts want to be able to cut special education spending without losing federal funds. Disability Rights Wisconsin said they just recently learned of a letter to Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., asking for changes to the portion of the federal law requiring districts to keep spending on students with disabilities level from year to year. The clause is intended to buffer special education from the budget cycle and political whims. More


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ADHD - 4 genes linked to the disorder
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Four gene variants, all members of the glutamate receptor gene family, appear to be involved in vital brain signaling pathways in a sub-set of children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), researchers from the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reported in the journal Nature Genetics. More

Student writer overcomes dyslexia, celebrates first published novel
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A student at Ramapo College in New Jersey says she wants her newly published fiction novel to act not only as a jumpstart to her writing career, but as an example for her peers. "I'm dyslexic, so when I was younger I had a lot of trouble reading," Lauren Santaniello, a senior literature major, said. "I struggled in school and got made fun of and I hated it." More

Rethinking thinking
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Is it possible to be gifted and have learning disabilities at the same time? Yes. A twice-exceptional kid's disabilities may make people overlook his giftedness by getting the adults in his life to focus more on his shortcomings than his talents — in other words, to see him as a problem that needs to be fixed. At the same time, his intellectual gifts can mask his disabilities, meaning that he won't get the help he needs to fully achieve his potential. More

Schools add Internet etiquette, safety to coursework
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As more students spend large chunks of study and leisure time online, schools across the USA are adding coursework focused on privacy, cyberbullying and electronic plagiarism. Many schools not only are incorporating Internet safety into lesson plans but also shifting their focus from the pervasive "stranger danger" message typically given to young computer users. The idea, says Principal Chris Lehmann of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy, is teaching students to be better "digital citizens." More

New calculation: Math in preschool
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Scores of preschool and kindergarten teachers across the city are embedding math concepts into daily classroom activities, in a promising new program that gives students a foundation for more complex math and logical-thinking skills in later grades. The Early Mathematics Education Project at Erikson Institute, a nonprofit graduate school in child development, has already trained about 300 Chicago preschool and kindergarten teachers at 150 schools, funded by grants from local foundations and Chicago Public Schools. More
 
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