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A Welsh dyslexia charity is calling for action to support learners with the condition in Wales. Michael Davies, chief executive of the Welsh Dyslexia Project, believes not enough funding has been allocated to Welsh language helplines and specialist computer software for students. The Welsh Assembly Government has invested £118,000 on a literature review of dyslexia before deciding how to target funding to address the problem in Wales.
The National Assembly for Wales Enterprise and Learning Committee yesterday launched a report containing far-reaching recommendations on how best to provide support for people with dyslexia in Wales.
A medical student with dyslexia claims multiple choice exams discriminate against people with the condition and is taking legal action to prevent their use. But why do people with dyslexia find multiple choice difficult?
Birmingham Post (U.K.)
With one British Member of Parliament claiming that dyslexia does not exist, a reporter talks to an expert in the field to learn the definition of dyslexia in the U.K., and if a blanket prescription for "synthetic phonics" instruction will help every child or not.
The Observer (FL)
An Observer reporter shares her experience navigating special education for her daughter: I have had three IEP meetings thus far, and find that preparation is key. My best advice for any parent who goes through the IEP process is to become well-informed about the rights of your child.
ADHD & Addiction Blog, ADDitudeMag.com
I was nine months into sobriety and learning how to handle life without alcohol when my addiction-specialist counselor suggested that my disorganization, procrastination, lack of impulse control may stem from ADHD. He was right.
Portsmouth Herald (NH)
For most teenagers, it's easy to focus on activities they like video games, sports or watching television. But why do they lose that focus for more important things, like homework? Through a two-year, $399,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, University of New Hampshire Professor Jill McGaughy will look closely at why this occurs, diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and how its treatments affect normal adolescent brains.
University of Texas at Austin
A new partnership between the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and the Exceptional Family Member Program in Fort Hood, Texas, has created the Fort Hood Family Support 360 Project to help military families caring for children with disabilities.
Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
Changes are making higher education possible for those who would have been shut out only a few years ago, writes Joanne Laucius. Every year, between 50 and 100 students arrive at Carleton University with suspected learning disabilities that have not yet been confirmed, said Dr. Nancy McIntyre, coordinator of the university's learning disabilities program.
The Daily Iowan (Iowa City, Iowa)
The American Heart Association recently suggested children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder receive heart tests before they are given stimulant drugs. Between 1999 and 2004, the Food and Drug Administration received reports that 26 children on stimulant medications suffered strokes, cardiac arrests, or heart palpitations. The anecdotal evidence, while serious, does not imply that the medications caused complications, according University of Iowa Professor Dianne Atkins, a reviewer of the heart association's report.
Wisconsin State Journal
This year, UW-Whitewater moved to strengthen its claim as a draw for students with disabilities, a varied population that includes not only students who have physical disorders, but those who have autism and attention deficit disorder, among other disabilities.
The Eagle-Gazette (OH)
Special education will be the focus of a new master's degree program offered at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus. The Master's of Education program is aimed at increasing the pool of special education teachers, especially in the Lancaster region. Program director Robin Schaffer said the high demand for special education teachers is exacerbated by a high turnover rate among those who are qualified.
The Wall Street Journal
"Researchers have long observed that some dyslexics have an easier time with languages like Japanese and Chinese, in which characters represent complete words or ideas, than they do with languages like English, which use separate letters and sounds to form words."
The Wall Street Journal
After her 12-year-old son spent two years at a specialized school for children with learning disabilities, Lisa Lunday decided he was ready for a more challenging, mainstream environment. The school she chose, however, required all students to study Japanese as part of its academically rigorous curriculum. Ms. Lunday was unsure how her son, who is dyslexic, would cope. The result surprised her. The boy, now 13, excelled in his Japanese studies.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chester Community Charter School, Pennsylvania's largest charter, would be among the biggest losers if an administration proposal from the governor to change special-education funding for charter and cyber charter schools becomes law. The 2,150-student Delaware County charter school received $21,840 last school year for each special-education student from its home district, Chester Upland, but state calculations show that the charter spent less than a third of the $9.4 million it received for special-education students on special education.
New York Times
As recently as 2002, an international group of leading neuroscientists found it necessary to publish a statement arguing passionately that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was a real condition. In the face of "overwhelming" scientific evidence, they complained, A.D.H.D. was regularly portrayed in the media as "myth, fraud or benign condition" an artifact of too-strict teachers, perhaps, or too much television.
The Baltimore Sun (MD)
Everyone's heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, but left undiagnosed and untreated, it can carry over into adulthood. Dr. David W. Goodman, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland in Lutherville answers questions about Adult ADHD.
Regulators have ruled against Shire in a battle over generic copies of its hyperactivity drug Adderall XR, approving a cut-price version of the medicine from Actavis, which is being bought by Watson Pharmaceuticals.
Petal Today (MS)
The Lamberts moved to Petal, MS for one reason: so their 9-year-old son, Caleb, could attend the Dynamic Dyslexia Design School. On May 18, Caleb's first year of the unique institution's two-year program ended, and his mother says the family's sacrifice was worth it. "We have seen growth in many areas," Shirley Lambert said about her son's experiences at the 3-D School. "He's just doing so much better in his reading."
Stories about children who have died or were injured after being restrained or secluded in school often prompt a burst of local attention. But no federal agency requires that records be kept on seclusion and restraints, and state laws vary widely in how such techniques can be used. Advocacy groups for people with disabilities, however, are trying to keep the issue of restraints and seclusion on the front burner.