The LD Source
Oct. 20, 2011

Linking neuroscience to special education
Education Week Teacher's PD Sourcebook
Developments in neuroscience could provide new insights into teaching students with disabilities, but more needs to be done to connect scientists studying the brain and educators, says a new policy analysis that highlights several examples of the promise of brain research in the lives of students with disabilities. In the area of dyslexia, for example, brain imaging could help distinguish among students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cognitive impairments and limited language exposure.More

Online education working for some with learning disabilities
The New York Times
Virtual education offers opportunities for primary and secondary students. For students like Will Clarkston of Houston who has dyslexia and requires different styles of teaching that a traditional classroom cannot provide, its flexibility can be a perfect fit.More

Q-and-A: National Teacher of the Year an equal opportunity educator
Education Week Teacher's PD Sourcebook
Science and math teacher Michelle Shearer, the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, stresses the importance of making rigorous STEM instruction available — and accessible — to all students. "I realized that if I was going to be a teacher, I needed to know how to work with all different types of students," Shearer said.More

Reading tutor offers guidance on getting struggling readers on the path to success
Education Week
Learning to read is probably the single most critical skill that a child will acquire in his or her lifetime, writes Al Moore, founder and executive director of Acelin Learning Solutions Inc.. Having spent nearly a decade treating students with learning disabilities, reading disorders, dyslexia, autism, anxiety, and ADHD, and designing reading interventions that have been used in schools, Moore recognize there's no silver bullet to fixing a reading problem. But he also believes that there are things any teacher can do to select a good reading intervention and get struggling readers started on the path to reading success.More

Detroit moving closer toward compliance with laws on mainstreaming students
The Detroit News
It took two years of state pressure and the threat of losing millions in funding, but Detroit Public Schools has reformed its special education evaluation system to comply with state and federal laws. As a result, more of the 12,000 disabled students across the district are getting more time in regular classrooms, a goal shared by state education officials. The state says Michigan school districts should strive toward the statewide average of having nearly 62 percent of special education students spend at least 80 percent of their day in general education classrooms.More

Crime odds nearly double for people with disabilities
Disability Scoop
Even as violent crime declined significantly in 2010, people with disabilities continued to be victims almost twice as often as those without special needs. The findings come from an annual report showing that Americans with disabilities age 12 and older experienced more than 567,000 nonfatal violent crimes like rape, robbery and assault in 2010. Individuals with disabilities continue to be victimized at a disproportionately high rate, experiencing 28 crimes per 1,000 compared to 15 per 1,000 in the general population, the report found.More

American Academy of Pediatrics expands ADHD guidelines
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently expanded its guidelines for diagnosing and treating kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, recommending that doctors evaluate all patients aged 4 to 18 who show signs of the condition. The new guidelines update decade-old recommendations that focused on diagnosing and managing ADHD in kids aged 6 to 12. But behavior problems, over-activity and trouble paying attention can show up earlier, researchers said, and ADHD often persists into adolescence or even adulthood.More

College students with learning disabilities mentor elementary school students through art
The Pioneer
Project Eye-to-Eye, a national organization that facilitates mentorship between adults and elementary school students with learning disabilities, is new to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. In the program, the college students with learning disabilities create art with fourth- and fifth-grade students who face similar challenges. The 13 Whitman mentors will meet and work with at least as many elementary school students.More