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Witney Gazette (UK)
A dyslexic youngster has won first prize in a national poetry competition. Brigid Davidson, from Chipping Norton, won first place in the Charley Boorman Poetry Competition, organized by Dyslexia Action as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week. Children aged four to 14 were asked to write about what reading meant to them.
BBC News (UK)
A West Yorkshire teacher who overcame dyslexia to achieve his career dream has been named the most outstanding new teacher England. Edward Vickerman, head of business at The Freeston Business and Enterprise College in Normanton, was given the title at the Teaching Awards in London. Because of his dyslexia, the 26-year-old said he was sidelined at school and not expected to achieve much.
The Independent (United Kingdom)
Ministers will today announce a major review of the way an estimated 300,000 dyslexic children are taught in state schools. Announcing the review to The Independent, Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said he believed the review would provide "firm evidence of the way forward, convince the skeptics that dyslexia exists and tell us how best to get these children the help they deserve".
Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom)
Three of Annabel Heseltine's children shared a problem with their famous grandfather: dyslexia. How best to deal with it?
The Times (UK)
Rising numbers of children are not able to speak properly, official figures indicate. Communication difficulties have been linked to poor academic achievement, substance abuse, increased depression and criminal activity. Almost one in seven primary school children with special educational needs has trouble with speech - making it the most common special educational need.
The Guardian (UK)
Parents of children with special educational needs feel let down and unsupported in the English education system, a review will say today. Government, local authorities and schools must do more to help children who have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and autism, according to Brian Lamb, who has been conducting an inquiry into special educational needs (SEN) services for the schools secretary, Ed Balls.
The Scotsman (UK)
Dyslexic children in Scotland are being let down because of a patchwork-quilt of specialist provision, according to a new report. A shortage of specialist teachers for children with dyslexia was highlighted by HM Inspectorate of Education, which said pupils benefited most when teachers had received training in dealing with the condition. Inspectors were also critical of the variety of definitions of dyslexia used by different local authorities.
The Guardian (UK)
Almost 18% of pupils in English schools have special educational needs, government figures released today show. The proportion has steadily grown over the last four years, from 14.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2009, according to statistics from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
BBC News (UK)
More teachers will be trained to identify and support children in England with dyslexia, as a report says greater expertise is needed in schools. Government adviser Sir Jim Rose, who recently reviewed the English primary school curriculum, said parents also needed guidance on the help available.
Daily Mail (UK)
Schools should stop labeling children 'dyslexic' because the condition cannot be distinguished from other reading difficulties, an all-party group of MPs will declare today. The Government's definition of dyslexia is too broad to be meaningful, according to the Commons Science and Technology Committee.
Professor Joe Elliott, from Durham University, believes many parents with children who have difficulty in literacy lessons push for them to be diagnosed with dyslexia so they can get the extra support they need. The academic, a director of research at the university's School of Education, said: "Many of the messages that I have received from parents have pointed out that the system has forced them to use the dyslexic label in order to access additional resources."
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.