The LD Source
July 7, 2011

New civil rights data show continuing disparities in educational resources and opportunities
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says that "far too many students are still not getting access to the kinds of classes, resources and opportunities they need to be successful." The U.S. Department of Education is releasing the Civil Rights Data Collection to aid policymakers, educators and parents in identifying inequities and targeting solutions to close the persistent educational achievement gap in America.More

Unlocking dyslexia in Japanese
The Wall Street Journal
Researchers have long observed that some dyslexics have an easier time with languages like Japanese and Chinese, in which characters represent complete words or ideas, than they do with languages like English, which use separate letters and sounds to form words. Now, recent brain-imaging studies are identifying possible reasons for the differences, and education experts say such research could point the way to improved teaching techniques. More

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Girls affected by ADHD often overlooked
Learning is a year-round process for 16-year-old Olivia McQuiggan, a student at Conestoga High School who has ADHD. While boys with ADHD can be boisterous and draw attention to themselves, affected girls often show the opposite behavior, and withdraw. Dr Patricia Quinn says, "Girls start not feeling as smart as other people, feeling that they can't accomplish what other people can. They feel very overwhelmed."More

New font aims to help people with dyslexia read with ease
From robotics to YouTube, technology has many applications that make the world more accessible. Using topography a new font for people with dyslexia lets them in on the action too. The font, created by Boer of Dutch design group Studio Studio, aims to adjust the alphabet to make it more readable for some people with dyslexia.More

Tax credit becomes law for NC parents of pupils with special needs
Education Week's On Special Education Blog
A new North Carolina law provides a tax credit to families of children with disabilities. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a staunch supporter of public education, allowed the measure to become law without her signature. The law gives parents of children with disabilities a tax credit of up to $6,000 for educational expenses including private school tuition, therapy and tutoring.More

ADHD in the workplace
D Magazine
For entrepreneur Kevin Lofgren, 41, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been both a blessing and a curse. Although he got along just fine socially by being entertaining and the life of the party, he wasn't well respected for his intellect or performance in school. He got a job after college, then later founded Farstar, a technology-based creative marketing firm.More

Study: Video games can help youth with learning disabilities
According to a study by Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., video games have the potential to help young people with learning difficulties master everyday tasks and inspire them to learn. PhD researcher Rachael Folds has been studying the use of interactive mimetic digital games (physical movement-focused Wii and Kinect games) and how they can help improve skills as well as increase motivation to learn. "The initial results from this small sample suggest that interactive games teach the students movements which they can improve upon and mimic in everyday life," Folds said.More

End to one-time aid may squeeze special education budgets
Education Week
(Important information repeated from June 30 issue): As one-time aid from the federal economic-stimulus program and the $10 billion Education Job Fund evaporates, states using that money to keep their special education budgets afloat are starting to come up short — in some cases putting other federal aid in jeopardy.More