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Victorville Daily Press (CA)
Eric Atkinson always had a hard time with school. He just didnít know why until he was tested for learning problems while attending Victor Valley College. Click on "related multimedia" to hear Atkinson explain in his own words how he learned he was dyslexic and how he's become an English literature major and substitute teacher.
The Washington Post (D.C.)
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday in favor of the Montgomery County, Md., school system in a case that made national headlines four years ago, a dispute over whether public schools provided an adequate education plan to a child with disabilities.
Lake Villa-Review (IL)
Denise Kalmes' son has always struggled with reading. When Tyler was in eighth grade, having already exhausted all of his in-school options for extra help, Kalmes decided she wanted to do as much as she could to prepare her son for high school. She enrolled him at Huntington Learning Center. The result, Kalmes said, was that Tyler's reading abilities rose by two grade levels.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FL)
Volunteers will hold Record-A-Thon at Florida Atlantic University this weekend to benefit Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. They hope the event, at the recording studio at FSU, will be a combination of fundraiser, sample recording session, and awareness-builder of what the nonprofit group has to offer.
"Response to intervention" as a model for boosting student achievement has taken off like wildfire. But there's little RTI research that is specific to secondary schools, although it has been well studied at the elementary level. But many schools are forging ahead anyway.
The Times Delphic (IA)
Through the Drake University Adult Literacy Center, volunteers can help adult residents of Des Moines improve their reading skills. Volunteers undergo at least nine hours of training. "We explain the background of dyslexia and why teaching those with dyslexia is different," said Anne Murr, coordinator of the center.
The Sparta Independent (NJ)
Parents of elementary students with special needs addressed the board of education this week demanding answers and action regarding what they see as deficiencies in the education their children are receiving in the district. The main complaint is the kindergarten through fourth reading program, which the parents believe is inconsistent and ineffective, and causing their children to fall behind.
Andover Townsman (MA)
School Committee Chairwoman Debra Rahmin Silberstein of Andover, Mass., recently sent a letter to her senators asking them to support the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "It is about time the federal legislators deliver on obligations to the children in this country (which they have legislated), by funding IDEA and NCLB (No Child Left Behind), as promised," Silberstein wrote.
Gabbi Urban, a senior at GlenOak High School, doesn't let dyslexia keep her from communicating. Art has become her outlet. "A lot of people are afraid of learning disabilities, but it's not a negative — we just learn differently."
Education attorney Marcy Tiffany answers parents' questions about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) — from requesting remediation and reevaluations to transition and placement.
Asbury Park Press (NJ)
Maybe kids are naturally full of energy and don't need medication to slow them down. And maybe, based on testimonials of many families, drugs intended to help youngsters actually hurt them in ways society is only just beginning to understand, according to a new documentary film called "Generation RX."
USA Today Prep Rally Blog
There's a lot being written about a Texas coach who was fired after allowing Covenant School to rout Dallas Academy 100 to 0. Was it unsportsmanlike to run up the score? Perhaps. But the girls' basketball team at Dallas Academy — a small school that offers small classes for children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning differences — are handling the commotion with humor and grace.
The London Free Press (Canada)
Parent Helena Dishman said "I honestly don't know what I'd do without (parent facilitator Kerrilyn Kyles) and the centre." Kyles helped Dishman access services for her four-year-old son Logan, who has ADHD and other disabilities. It's one of the many services provided at the new family literacy centre at Ealing public school.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)
Evans McLaren enjoys going to school now. That wasn't the case two years ago when he was losing focus, getting distracted and not reaching his full potential. However, a change of scenery can make a world of difference.
Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL)
After grabbing the hearts of television fans, Patrick Dempsey, aka Dr. Derek Shepherd, the actor who plays McDreamy on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" hopes to earn a place in the hearts of racing fans. Mc Dreamy says he was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 12. "It was always something I had to make the most of and come to terms with. It affects your whole being."
Bloomington Pantagraph (IL)
Virginia Henry has a learning disability. She already knew her parents and her aunt thought she was a hero. She had received their hugs and encouragement, but she didnít know until Friday that her entire school felt the same way.
Children who take medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may rarely experience some disturbing side effects, such as hallucinations.
J.B. Holmes is a young up-and-coming professional golfer. His golf skills were so good that he was able to join the high school golf team at age 8. But he had troubles in other areas of school. Holmes would open a schoolbook and feel as if he were trapped in a maze. Eventually he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
He's the world's most successful swimmer. But years ago, like millions of other American children, Michael Phelps struggled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Saturday his mother was in Nebraska helping others learn from her family's experiences.
Washington Post (DC)
Medications prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may effectively manage symptoms, but they can also cause a number of side effects.