The LD Source
Apr. 26, 2012

Why should a disability limit high school choices?
Bryan Stromer writes, "Just like thousands of other students across New York City, I spent the fall of my eighth grade year preparing for the Specialized High School Admissions Test. The test score determines whether a student is admitted to one of eight specialized high schools. Students prepare for this test in various ways; I chose to use a thick purple study guide that was filled with tips and practice tests."More

Ending bullying in our schools and communities
The White House
Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, writes, "Recently, I watched the movie BULLY with my mom. We were both deeply moved by the film and the stories it tells of students, families, and communities impacted by bullying. Earlier today, we screened BULLY at the White House. We were joined by bullying prevention advocates from a range of communities."More

Are children at private schools entitled to services under Section 504?
Education Week's On Special Education Blog
The parents of a student in Baltimore have sued the school district for not providing services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The parents of student D.L., who has ADHD and an anxiety disorder, enrolled their child in a private school several years ago. Then they requested an evaluation from the school district to see if their child was eligible for special education services. More

Kansas takes first step toward regulating restraints, seclusion
Education Week's On Special Education Blog
The Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt regulations that regulate the use of restraints and seclusion at school. Among other provisions, the regulations — developed by a special education advisory committee — say that rules about the use of these emergency interventions should apply to all students, not just those with disabilities, and that these techniques be used only for emergency or safety reasons, not as a behavior modification tool.More

Report: Low-income students more likely to be placed in special ed
A new state-commissioned report finds that Massachusetts' low-income students are nearly twice as likely to be placed in special education programs as other students. The findings refute the widely held notion that higher-income parents, seeking more help for their children, are driving up special education rates. Seventeen percent of Massachusetts students are in special education programs — the second-highest rate in the nation. More

National resolution against high-stakes tests released
The Washington Post
A national resolution protesting high-stakes standardized testing was released by a coalition of national education, civil rights and parents groups, as well as educators who are trying to build a broad-based movement against the Obama administration's test-centric school reform program.More

Study: Why attention deficit disorder is over-diagnosed
The Atlantic
The rates of ADHD diagnosis in the developed world have become almost inflationary, increasing annually by an average of three percent from 1997 to 2006 and 5.5 percent from 2003 to 2007 in the U.S. But how accurate are these diagnoses?More

Schools, parents try to keep pace with cyber-bullying tactics
The Baltimore Sun
Katie Anger, a bright-eyed redhead, opened the door for cyber-bullying as a middle-schooler, when she installed the "Honesty Box" app on her Facebook page. Some teens used the now-defunct Facebook feature to criticize her anonymously, tell her that no one liked her and say things they would never have said to her face. More

Will inclusion leave ESE students behind?
Pensacola News Journal
In Rose Coon's classroom, seven students from grades 3, 4 and 5, are working on reading exercises. They move at their own speed. Some have trouble comprehending what they are reading. Others cannot read fluently, often stopping to sound out words. Most are at least one grade level behind in reading, math or both. Some are on a second- or third-grade level in reading, but on grade level in math. One student was in a self-contained special education classroom until this year, when she was put into a general education class and sent to Coon's room just for math instruction.More

iPads especially helpful for special-needs students
The Washington Post
Steven Moshuris, 7, a second-grader who has autism, is using an iPad to communicate to his teachers that he is hungry, and would like pizza and chicken nuggets for lunch. Students in Jennifer Sherman's 11th-grade English class at a private school for students with learning disabilities, are dissecting T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", using an iPad app that provides notes on the text, editing notes from Ezra Pound, video interviews with scholars and interpretive readings.More

Are benefits of antidepressants for autism overstated?
Medical News Today
With autism on the rise and an increasing concern for parents, doctors have searched for ways to treat the problem. Repetitive and other behavioral traits associated with the syndrome can hold children back in school and put stress on family life. It seems, however, that using anti-depressants is not necessarily the best solution.More