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Sandwich Cafe Helps People with Learning Disabilities

Boston Herald

As a customer, Christine Golding says muffins at Cafe Riverview "are the best on the planet" and she's become a big fan of the orange-lavender variety since the place opened five weeks ago. Cafe Riverview is a real-world classroom for 16 of its employees: They are students or recent graduates of the nearby Riverview School, which helps people with complex learning disabilities learn to live and work independently.

Sandy Teen Overcomes Learning Disability

The Salt Lake Tribune (UT)

Aubrey Goodell was a walking contradiction. A bright child with strong reasoning skills, she labored to talk and by the third grade couldn't read or write. Tests later confirmed a learning disability, although Aubrey, now 17, still lacks a clear diagnosis and encounters people who assume she's just lazy, stubborn or slow-witted. But together with devoted parents and teachers, Aubrey mapped educational strategies which, she says, might benefit other so-called "paradoxical learners." She will share her story Thursday at an international conference sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of America at The Grand American Hotel in downtown Salt Lake.

Santa Earned his Gift: a Teaching Job

LA Daily News (CA)

Until a couple of years ago, Marshall White drove a school bus for the Los Angeles Unified School District, picking up special-education students at home and delivering them to school as if they were a cargo of precious gold. White also dressed up as Santa Claus for picture day with Santa at the Lull Special Education School in Encino. Realizing that he wanted to teach the children, White took qualification courses at night and now works at Lull School.

SAT Prep Tools

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SC Center Helps Dyslexics Overcome Learning Difference

Hilton Head Monthly (SC)

Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Whoopi Goldberg have two things in common. First, they all suffered from learning disabilities. Second, their photos line a wall in The Learning Center on Hilton Head Island, serving as inspiration to the students there.

SC Educators Want Special-Ed Reform

Post and Courier (SC)

Charleston County school leaders want their special-education students to be able to earn a high school diploma, but making that happen will require changes beyond their control, and they're asking for help.

Scared of School?

Houston Chronicle

Much more than normal first-day jitters, roughly 5 percent of youngsters experience social phobia at some point in their academic careers, struggling for at least two weeks to attend or remain at school. Also called "school refusal" or "school avoidance," most cases surface at the start of the school year — this week for most Houston children.

Scholarships for ADHD and LD Students

ADDitude Magazine

College acceptance letters have started to trickle in, but now how to finance university tuition? These scholarships, specifically awarded to ADD/ADHD and LD students, have approaching deadlines.

School Admin Hopes for Center for Learning Disabilities in CT

Register Citizen (CT)

Growing up in Torrington, Connecticut Helen Waldron was exposed to politics at an early age. Her father, Fletcher, served on the city council and board of education. Her uncle, Hodges, was the city’s mayor. Today, Waldron, 44, is the newly-appointed assistant head of the Forman School, a private boarding school in Litchfield that specializes in specializing in college preparatory programs for high school students with learning disabilities. Waldron said she would like to see a learning center for students with learning disabilities established in Torrington.

School Blow for Parents

NY Post

An essential resource for parents struggling to navigate New York City's school system is on the chopping block, The Post has learned. Education officials have proposed cutting more than one-third of the system's 64 district family advocates — many who were hired less than a year ago. The advocates deal with problems that parents often are not able to solve in talks with teachers and principals — such as transfers, summer-school enrollment and placement in special classes.

School Board Focuses on Co-Teaching

Garden City News (NJ)

At their November 12th work session, the Garden City Board of Education was updated on co-teaching, in which two teachers — one who concentrates on general education and one whose specialty is special education — share the responsibility for a single group of students. They teach the required curriculum and address Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, with mutual ownership and joint responsibility.

School Board OKs Intervention Plan

The Fort Scott Tribune (KS)

USD 235 approved new Assurances and Intervention Plan that outlines when and how district officials need to intervene in the process of educating students. Superintendent Randy Rockhold said, "We did not previously have a document that clearly defined our academic intervention process. It details how we go about screening if a need comes up, how we intervene in the general education process, and how to set up interventions."

School District and Parents at Odds over Special Ed Student

Roseville Press-Tribune (CA)

Patrick MacAuley is on his school's honor roll. The 13-year-old earns 100 percent on many of his assignments. There are few red marks on his homework and hardly any corrections or comments. That's precisely what concerns his mom. As a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, Patrick was enrolled in what's known as a Special Day Class at Warren T. Eich Intermediate School in Roseville last year. But his mother Dodie MacAuley calls it "babysitting."

School District Wants Off List

Ottumwa Courier (IA)

No excuses — the Ottumwa school district failed to close the achievement gap and it knows what it must do to do just that. That was the word from Ottumwa Superintendent Jon Sheldahl after the announcement that Ottumwa was on a list of "districts in need of assistance."

School Districts Digest Ruling on Special-Ed Reimbursement

Dallas Morning News

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that parents of special education students can seek public reimbursement for private school tuition, a decision that potentially could cost Dallas-area school districts millions of dollars. Texas school officials were still studying the ruling late Monday, trying to determine its impact. A spokeswoman with the Texas Education Agency said they hope to know more later this week.

School Districts Slow to Tap into Federal Special Education Stimulus Funds

Denver Post

Districts across the nation have been slow to tap stimulus money that is targeted for specific programs — particularly the money intended to bolster programs for students with disabilities or those who come from low-income households. On average, 39 percent of the $11.3 billion in special-education money for states has been claimed.

School Districts Spend Thousands on Litigation over Special Education

Patriot-News (PA)

Due process hearings have increased nationally over the last two decades, a trend mirrored in Pennsylvania, according to Perry Zirkel, an education and law professor at Lehigh University and a special education expert. Broadening definitions have put more conditions under the special education umbrella and parents' increasing awareness of their child’s legal rights have contributed to increased special education enrollment and litigation.

School Districts Struggle with Special Education Costs

The Post-Star (IA)

Each year, school officials create a budget, hoping the money is enough to run a school district. Certain expenses, such as oil, can be difficult to plan for, because of the volatility of weather and price. But no single expense is as problematic for a school district as special education.

School for Students with Dyslexia Approved

San Francisco Chronicle

The Louisiana state education board has granted tentative approval to a plan to establish a charter school in Baton Rouge that would serve students with dyslexia. The Advocate reports the decision by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education overrides the recommendation of a national evaluation group.

School Gives Kids New Voice

Arizona Daily Star

Nathan Iskandar had oral and motor delays as an infant, so his parents weren't surprised when the toddler started showing speech delays. Fortunately, his family found Wings on Words, a preschool program that specializes in speech and language problems and has operated in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years. With the help of the program, Nathan's speech has flourished.

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