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For the second year in a row, the federal government is bracing for more states to request a pass on requirements that they hold special education spending harmless as they struggle to balance their budgets, leaving school districts to find ways to meet all students' needs with less money.
The fear of due-process hearings looms large in disputes between parents of children with disabilities and schools. But more than 80 percent of requests for due process mdash; a legal remedy outlined in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mdash; never get to the point at which a hearing is held, according to the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, a national technical-assistance center on resolving special education disputes.
"Arizona is the place to be when it comes to services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a new national ranking. The listing is part of a report set to be released Thursday by United Cerebral Palsy, which ranks disability services in all 50 states and the District of Columbia."
At least three states have asked for permission to cut back on the money they provide districts for special education, under a built-in escape clause in the federal special education law that is aimed at financially struggling states.
U.S. News and World Report
New evidence suggests that a cholesterol-lowering drug widely prescribed for adults may not help children with a fairly common genetic disorder. Zocor (simvastatin) did not improve cognitive function in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a disorder which can involve learning disabilities.
The Daily Orange (NY)
Caleb Sheldon's eyes darted around the room, until a phone call awoke him out of his train of thought. His mom was on the line. But he heard only half of what she was saying; the other half belonging to the bouncy ball that exploded with light as it hit the floor in front of him. Sheldon, a junior economics and math major, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and he's not alone. According to Syracuse University Health Services, 8 to 9 percent of SU students have it, too.
The Daily World (LA)
The St. Landry Parish School District held its first official training session Monday to address the over-representation of minorities for special education services. Approximately 60 teachers, instructional specialists and special education staff crowded into the district's pupil appraisal center to learn System to Enhance Educational Performance, or STEEP.
New York Times
The transition from high school to college is tough for most students. But for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, university life poses a host of academic, medical and personal challenges. Although some children appear to outgrow the disorder as they age, doctors say that as many as two-thirds have symptoms that persist into adulthood.
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Los Angeles Times
Movies helped Steven Spielberg cope with his dyslexia, the director of "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" said in a rare interview about being diagnosed with the learning disability five years ago. "It was like the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years," Spielberg, 65, told the website "Friends of Quinn."
The Distracted Princess Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
My daughter's sticker chart was designed to motivate and reward good behavior throughout the school day. Instead, it's become a complicated, inconsistent lesson for teachers and parents alike.
The federal economic-stimulus package's $12.2 billion in funding for special education has been cheered as a way to offer financial breathing room for cash-strapped states. But for the part of the federal special education program that provides programs for the youngest children, the stimulus gave more than breathing room: It provided a chance for survival.
The increase in special education funding driven by the economic stimulus is bringing new attention to a unique provision in federal special education law: Districts that get more special education funds from the federal government are allowed to cut back on the local funds that they use to pay for special education programs. The intent of the provision in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was to allow districts to gradually scale back their own spending while using federal money to fill the gap. But the law did not anticipate a near-doubling of special education funding from the federal government in a short amount of time.
Stimulus money is finally flowing to Tennessee schools, with local districts eligible for millions in additional funds to help low-income and special education students. The first batch of funding was released at the beginning of this month and is earmarked for students with disabilities. It can be used to improve teacher training, data collecting or to invest in programs that will boost test scores.
Detroit Free Press (MI)
Terry Wooten started a tradition 25 years ago: families gathered around a campfire Saturday nights to hear poets and storytellers. There are just two rules — no reading and no hard-core stuff. The no-reading rule is linked to Wooten's dyslexia. Growing up he realized he could deliver a speech or oral report better if he memorized it.
Whether you're a special education teacher or not, you likely teach students who are on the autism spectrum or who have learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety disorders, or emotional disabilities. Differentiating instruction for such students can be challenging. But as an urban middle school teacher with more than 30 years of experience, I've identified some strategies that increase the chances that we're meeting all students' needs on a daily basis.
Mathew Goldberg sees benevolence everywhere and wishes others took more notice of the good that people do. Mathew also recognizes the importance of serving his peers in school and that's why administrators, teachers and students at Allentown High School recognize him as a leader who goes above and beyond in both academic and extracurricular activities. Mathew was diagnosed with dyslexia and auditory processing disorder as a child, but vowed to not let that regulate how he would live his life.
The Pioneer Log (OR)
The Student Support Services at Lewis and Clark College held an "Is It Fair?" workshop to shed light on accommodations for students with disabilities. Director Dale Holloway addressed grievances raised by students without disabilities: "The problem here is that these are all 'invisible' disabilities, which is why they cause skepticism." But this skepticism, when put to words, has been known to offend and hurt students who have these disabilities, according to staff at SSS.
Journal Times (WI)
Andrew Kittel expected seventh grade at Jerstad-Agerholm Middle School to be just as bad as sixth grade, or maybe even worse. For Andrew, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, sixth grade was filled with peers that bullied, staff that didn't always understand and classes where he strayed off topic and off task, sometimes doing poorly.
For one young man, racing is more than just a hobby; it's become a coping mechanism for his learning disability. "Racing helps me get away from some of the down times of being dyslexic. I escape when I race in my car. I've learned that everybody struggles with different things and that everyone has a talent," Abbey told a learning specialist and author who featured the student and racer in her recently released children's book, That's Like Me!