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When Georgia started its voucher program for special education students last year, state education officials and lawmakers were unsure how many students and private schools would participate. They called it a success when 899 children with disabilities received vouchers to leave their public schools and attend 117 participating private schools. They expect even better results this year.
Bucks County Courier-Times (PA)
High school swimming has been so much more than an activity for Maria D'Andrea. It's changed her life. The senior at Bensalem has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and stutters. But that did not stop her from trying out for the swim team.
The Windsor Star (Canada)
Citing "alarming" figures showing 60 percent of students with learning disabilities or behavior problems don't finish high school, a Canadian teachers' union urged the public board Wednesday to endorse a plan calling for more teachers, support staff and the restoration of early childhood educators.
National Public Radio
As more children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, parents are discovering they have it too. In the U.S., women have become the fastest growing group to be prescribed ADHD medication. In this week's parenting segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Jennifer Brown and Michelle Suppers moms with ADHD and journalist Brigid Schulte, who recently covered the issue for The Washington Post Magazine.
Connecticut Post (CT)
Question: "My grandson's physical therapist says some of his difficulties may be because of extreme sensitivity on the soles of his feet. He is 10 and has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Answer: "This boy may have tactile defensiveness," says Michelle Yoder.
CBS 6 (NY)
David Wolf always wanted to dance. He opened the Saratoga Savoy in 2002 after realizing that dance was becoming more than just a hobby for him. But what some people may find most interesting, is that this man who glides across the dance floor was diagnosed with a condition sometimes associated with difficulty differentiating right from left: Dyslexia.
News8 Austin (TX)
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and experts are taking the opportunity to show new and improved ways to help overcome the learning disability. Rawson-Saunders School is the only full curriculum school for elementary and middle school students with dyslexia in the greater Austin, TX area. The school uses research-based methods to meet the educational needs of each child in a supportive environment.
The Freeport News (The Bahamas)
HizUnHur Cenre, a multi-purpose facility that caters to the educational and computer needs of students from Pre-K through post high school in The Bahamas, opened its doors back in February. Owner Janure Culmer, who has a Masters in varying Exceptionalities and specialty in Special Education, said HizUnHur Centre provides for everyone's education needs.
A small clinical trial led by an Australian researcher suggests that young people at very high risk for psychotic illness should engage in talk therapy as an initial treatment rather than take antipsychotic drugs.
The Austin American-Statesman (TX)
The Last Olympian, the fifth and final book in the best-selling Percy Jackson series, goes on sale on Tuesday. It's quite the capper to a series that started as a bedtime story for Riordan's son. Then a second-grader, Riordan's son struggled with reading because of dyslexia and ADHD. But he loved the ancient stories and characters of Greek mythology, so Riordan started making some up.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
A new North Carolina law provides a tax credit to families of children with disabilities. Gov. Beverly Perdue 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.
The Times of India
Aranya is eight and in her drawings, elephants can fly. She enjoys art and has a vivid imagination, but when it comes to her studies, she struggles with writing and concentration. Aranya is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neuro-behavioural developmental disorder. Often children like Aranya are labeled 'lazy' or 'dumb' although they are neither. "My daughter is very creative. She loves painting animals and working with clay. All she needs is a little more time to grasp her lessons. It is unfortunate that in the pursuit of high scores the power of the imagination is under-estimated," says Aranya's mother.
Sarah Fridy is a special education teacher and some of her third-graders read at a first-grade level. They can't get through the questions even on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, which they're required to take, yet their scores may determine how much Fridy earns and whether she keeps her job.
Washington Post (DC)
Every school day, Anne Fogel draws on more than three decades of teaching experience to find what she calls that "light-bulb moment" in her students. Fogel, a special education teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School works with students one-on-one or in small groups to help them learn to read. She's Maryland's nominee for LDA's "Sam Kirk Educator of the Year" award.
Hudson Star-Observer (WI)
On the eve of her retirement, the newspaper looks at the career of teacher Joan Thompson. Thompson said that she was uncomfortable seeing students with disabilities sitting on the sidelines because they could not participate in a traditional way in her physical education classes, so in 1993 she organized the first adapted athletic program in the state of Wisconsin.
The Capital Times (WI)
Students who have persistent trouble reading because the neural pathways in their brains do not decode letters and sounds in the ways that make reading and writing natural - need specific help, they say, and the sooner the better. That's why Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, has introduced two bills to the Wisconsin Assembly aimed at helping schoolchildren with dyslexia.
The Daily Comet (LA)
More than 200 people from throughout Louisiana filled the halls of Nicholls State University Saturday to improve their understanding of dyslexia and its effect on human's intellectual development. Called "Unmasking Their Potential," many who attended said they welcomed the chance to learn of the learning disability without traveling far.
Specialist London-based tutoring agency Tutor House has recently come up with a guide to aid teachers, private tutors and parents on teaching dyslexic children. The article analyses the effects of dyslexia on academic performance, how to identify it as well as quality teaching strategies to help people with dyslexia.
The Greenville News (SC)
What does having a learning disability (dyslexia) mean for a child? It means the way I learn is different than others. When I was growing up, adults often told me "Just look at the letters and see how they are different. Focus! Look again, you will see the difference." "What are these adults talking about? What is different about each letter?" "Why should I try?"
As the number of children with autism has ballooned nationwide, so has the population of children who are capable of grade-level academics but bewildered by the social code that governs every interaction from the classroom to the cafeteria. They often spend the bulk of their day in mainstream classes supported with a suite of special education services including life-skills groups and one-on-one aides. For some students, that arrangement works. But many parents of this growing group worry that including children in the mainstream this way fails to teach them what they need to navigate the world independently. Increasingly, Washington, DC area educators are offering alternatives.