The LD Source
Sept. 15, 2011

Adapting to the iPad, called education's equalizer
USA Today
A growing number of special-needs students nationwide have returned to school with tablet computers. The tablets are growing in popularity for special-needs students because they can be customized to each child's needs, are lightweight and mobile, and give the kids the sense they're plugged into a larger, high-tech community, educators and parents say.More

Learning disabilities advocate stands up for safer chemicals
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Blog
Tricia Smith, executive director of Learning Disabilities Association – Arkansas, shares her passion for helping those with learning disabilties and her recent experience going to Washington, D.C., as an advocate for the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which aims to protect American families from toxic chemicals.More

Tulsa's adult literacy program one of Oklahoma's strongest
Tulsa World
Tulsa City-County Library's Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service is helping adults with learning difficulties improve their skills. The Tulsa, Okla., program always has a waiting list, usually ranging between 25 and 50 people. Tulsa's program is considered one of the state's strongest, with help from the Tulsa Friends of the Library Trust and through leveraging other grants and resources.More

Panel calls on federal government to limit restraint, seclusion
Disability Scoop
A government advisory panel wants the Obama administration to do more to address the use of restraint and seclusion among people with disabilities. Specifically, the panel is urging the establishment of regulations, an increase in data collection and promoting alternatives. While there are some federal regulations limiting the use of restraint and seclusion in certain residential settings, a patchwork of inconsistent state and local rules govern the practices in schools across the country.More

Scholarship benefits special needs students in Georgia
Gainesville Times
Students at Ava White Academy in Gainesville, Ga., receive an education tailored to their special needs thanks to the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program, which gives students between $2,500 and $13,500 to offset private school tuition and fees. The students, who are grouped by skill level, are "double-dosed" with math and reading; they also perform jobs that build self-esteem and teach real-life skills.More

Life paths diverge for young adults with, without disabilities
Education Week's On Special Education Blog
Six years after high school, students with disabilities are less likely to have gone on to postsecondary schools than their classmates without disabilities and less likely to be financially independent, but a little more likely to have children, according to a new report from the National Center for Special Education Research. The report found that 55 percent of young people with disabilities reported having continued on to postsecondary school since leaving high school, compared with 62 percent of their peers in the general population.More

For love of the games: Examples of why sports matters
Los Angeles Times
Julius English works as a behavior therapist for children with special needs and, over the years, has developed a magical touch. The 39-year-old has a learning disability, but basketball has helped him push his limits. That's one reason English uses the game in his work: He teaches basketball to his new students and spends his weekends playing with former ones as a way to reconnect.More

Educator: Paradox of teaching students with learning disabilities
The New York Times SchoolBook Blog
Dana Lawit, a special education teacher at the Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School in Brooklyn, N.Y., says the school strives to design project-based learning experiences that focus on depth rather than breadth. In this post, Lawit writes that she finds herself in a paradox. As she works with students she's never sure if they have difficulties learning, or if she and her colleagues have difficulties teaching.More

Louisiana woman dedicated to fighting dyslexia
Houma Today
Michelle Potter said it was her concerns as a parent that prompted her to open a Dyslexia Institutes of America site in her Gibson, La., home. "Having a child (Brynin) who is severely dyslexic bothered me," Potter said. "Being an educator for 15 years you want to know how to help him, but it's hard to because someone with dyslexia has a brain that works in a different way than others."More

New Hampshire special education director has can-do attitude
Hampton Union
If it were up to Michael Hatfield, the new director of special services for Seabrook Elementary School and Seabrook Middle School in Seabrook, N.H., no student would be told he or she couldn't accomplish something because of a disability. "I don't want any adult to say to a child just because he's in special education that he can't do something," Hatfield said. "We'll find a way. That's something I'm passionate about — not telling a student 'no' because of special needs."More

When is it time for a tutor?
National Center for Learning Disabilities LD Insights Blog
When is it the right time to find a tutor for your child? According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, there are several clear signs that signal a tutor may be an appropriate answer for your child. First, if your child is entering a new school with a different curriculum, then a tutor may be a great resource to ease the transition and to keep your child feeling successful and ready.More