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Las Vegas Review-Journal
Something changes when students with disabilities make the transition from high school to college. The burden of education shifts from school to student. That point was made clear for about 500 college-bound seniors with learning disabilities, as the Clark County School District's Student Support Services Division hosted three days of workshops at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for students from every high school.
Learning Works for Kids
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Learning disorders related to writing are just as common as reading disabilities, and are especially likely to affect boys, a new study suggests. Written-language disorder, also known as dysgraphia, includes problems with handwriting, spelling and organizing thoughts on paper; it is diagnosed when a child's writing skills fall "substantially below" the norm for his or her age and IQ.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Bethany, WV resident David George has struggled with a learning disability most of his life, and was only recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. For most of his childhood, 39-year-old David George couldn't understand why he struggled with schoolwork and staying focused. George has now written a book on his struggles and educational experiences called "Be Unique Be You and LIVE!"
Yale Daily News (CT)
A Yale School of Medicine student affected by dyslexia will receive special testing accommodations for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination after he was denied them twice. Frederick Romberg MED '12 will receive double the standard testing time and a separate testing area to take the examination as a result of a settlement reached by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Board of Medical Examiners Feb. 22. in accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Many students now are not diagnosed until high school, at which point treatments are less effective.
Roberta Schneider wanted to learn more about her son's hyperactivity, which makes it impossible for him to read "more than a chapter of a book at a time." So about five years ago she started attending a support group run by Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) of R.I. at Bradley Hospital in East Providence. Little did Ms. Schneider know, however, that she'd end up learning as much about herself as her son.
Morristown Patch (NJ)
When does a child have a learning disability and when is he just being a rambunctious kid? That's the question posed by Lisa Loomer's "Distracted," which Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is staging at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, March 4 to 20. The play, which had a successful run off-Broadway starring Cynthia Nixon last year, looks into attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and how it affects a child and his parents.
North South Brunswick Sentinel (NJ)
Ryan Moore, 12, received occupational therapy from the Children's Specialized Hospital for three years for dysgraphia and hypotonia, which affect motor skills and muscle tone. As thanks, he organized a book fair at Barnes & Noble in May, and recently gave the 801 books he collected to the hospital.
Chandler Schaak, 12, looked every bit the newsman at Monday's Youth Rally at Taco Bell Arena. Schaak is one of only 12 kids across the U.S. who won coveted reporting spots for Time for Kids, a weekly classroom publication from Time magazine. Some 500 students, including Schaak, wrote essays to get the job. He wrote his own about having dyslexia.
ADHD Parenting Blog, ADDitudemag.com
Has paying fees for lost and overdue books become your ADD/ADHD family's library tradition? Take comfort with this from a former library employee and mom to one forgetful, disorganized ADHD child.
Arthur Fonzarelli was everything Henry Winkler wanted to be. "He was confident, he was a leader among his friends, he was good with women," Winkler says. "He had this confidence." And he didn't have dyslexia.
Western Mail (U.K.)
In this Dyslexia Awareness Week Alice Sutton hopes her story will help inspire other children with dyslexia to work hard, build on their talents and not give up on their dreams. At age 12 she finally found a school to help her, and now is in her first year at Staffordshire University.
Press Publications (MN)
The Northwood resident, a native of Melrose Park, IL, juggles basketballs for a living. But that's not the entire story. During his performances, Jones delivers motivational messages to his audience about learning to deal with and overcome learning disabilities. Jones, 43, was diagnosed with dyslexia near the end of his first grade year.