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The Florida House passed a measure that will allow more students with learning disabilities to go to private schools on state funding.
Abilene Reporter-News (TX)
Kendrick Meek and Francesca Yabraian are two fighters in a vast army that has been waging war against a common foe, for what seems like forever. They don't know each other he is a Florida congressman now running for a Senate seat; she is a researcher and a computer expert. But they shared a common struggle to learn and accomplish, because they are among the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability in makes it difficult to process letters and words.
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
In elementary school, Griffin Smith watched his classmates read while he struggled to sound out the words. Diagnosed with severe dyslexia, he was held back a grade and worked weekly with a reading specialist. "I shook off the worst of my dyslexia by the beginning of third grade and began reading with a passion," Smith said. To show his gratitude for overcoming his dyslexia, he approached the principal of Gold Camp Elementary when he was in ninth grade to ask if he could mentor kids struggling with reading and writing.
The Reading Center or Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota offers help to students who struggle with reading and trains teachers and parents in a method designed for such students. Unlike general tutoring centers, the Reading Center is geared toward helping students overcome reading and language difficulties.
Emmy nominated Howie Mandel, host of "Deal or No Deal," is raising awareness about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults through the national multimedia public service announcement campaign "Adult ADHD Is Real." This campaign and its Web site, AdultADHDIsReal.com, have been developed by a coalition of groups dedicated to ADHD education and awareness.
Fresno Bee (CA)
Two families in Clovis, CA have won legal victories in their fights with Clovis Unified School District to get more academic help for their special-needs children. In one case, a federal judge found that Clovis Unified failed to provide special-education services to a boy diagnosed with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. In the other case, an administrative law judge found that the district denied a "free and appropriate public education" to a boy with autism.
The Windsor Star (Canada)
Imagine the teacher ordering the myopic kid in class to take off his glasses to ensure "a level playing field" with all those other sighted students who don't have the advantage of visual aids. A ridiculous proposition. But that is how dyslexic University of Windsor student Holly Ferguson often felt in high school whenever she would ask for extra time and a quiet room, away from other distractions, to write her exams.
Tonawanda News (NY)
University of Buffalo researcher Gregory Fabiano's work centers largely on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. His innovative and promising research on ADHD landed him a prestigious award that included a trip to the White House and a photo-op with President Bush last month. He was one of 67 researchers from around the country to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
The Financial (Ukraine)
The United States Chamber of Commerce applauds President Bush for signing into law on September 25 the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 saying the law strikes the right balance between protecting individuals with disabilities and clarifying the obligations and requirements of employers.
By the time he was 17, Antonio Rocha had bounced among 11 New York City schools and was reading at a first-grade level. It wasn't until he told school officials "I want a lawyer!" that things began to change. "Compensatory education" complaints are increasingly being used by parents who say school districts have a legal responsibility to educate children in spite of disabilities.
The Wall Street Journal
Federal health officials have launched a probe into the use of antipsychotic drugs on children in the Medicaid system, amid concern that the medications are being prescribed too often to treat behavioral problems in the very young. In New York, a spokesman for the state health department said some children between ages 1 and 2 received antipsychotics for conditions such as autistic disorder and attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forced an Oregon school district to reimburse parents of a special-needs student for private tuition opens doors for students in other states, education officials say. In Pennsylvania and across the nation the decision means districts need to be especially diligent about identifying who qualifies for special education, experts said.
The New York Times (NY)
The U.S. Education Department sent guidance to governors, state education commissioners and thousands of school superintendents encouraging them to "spend funds quickly to save and create jobs." The guidance admonished educators to spend the stimulus money, which is temporary, in ways that would minimize the dislocation that could follow when it ran out in two years.
A study that will cost $3.2 billion and last more than two decades to track the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21 will be launched in January, U.S. health officials said on Friday. The National Children's Study will examine factors behind autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, birth defects, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, obesity and other conditions, the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health said.
University of Florida News
The University of Florida has received an $846,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop a model program to help students with learning disabilities achieve academic success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively referred to as STEM.
Iowa City Press-Citizen (IA)
A University of Iowa student has managed to overcome learning disabilities and ADHD on her march toward a master's degree. Kristi Starnes, 28, was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder two years ago and also has dealt with learning disabilities for reading, writing and mathematical reasoning since fifth grade.
Scientists have said their discovery of a gene could help explain dyslexia and speech disorders in children. The University of Edinburgh staff found the gene ROBO1 linked to the mechanism in the brain that helps infants develop speech.
The Guardian (UK)
Since winning the regional award for special needs teacher of the year in June, Elaine Loughran of County Antrim, Northern Ireland has put special needs back on the map. While Loughran applies every ounce of her imagination and energy to her teaching practice, it is the behind-the-scenes work for children who are genuinely struggling that is most commendable and has won her the UK award.
BBC News (UK)
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are being given passes in most UK theme parks to jump the queue if they can prove they have the condition. This may reduce the stress of waiting, which they find very difficult. But Professor Katya Rubia, of London's Institute of Psychiatry, said it was important they learned to do so.
BBC News (UK)
US researchers have pinned down new differences in the brain chemistry of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They found ADHD patients lack key proteins which allow them to experience a sense of reward and motivation.