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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 didn’t 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.
A local high school senior, who struggles with learning disabilities, has spent his teen years developing a love for swimming. And for his senior project, he decided to turn that interest into a way to help other children get over their fears.
The North Bay Nugget (Canada)
A coalition of speech and audiology professionals are raising their voices in an effort to help dial down excessive background noise and improve poor acoustics in Canadian classrooms. "Children who primarily learn through listening need a learning environment in which they can fully hear and understand the teacher's instruction, particularly children with learning disabilities, hearing loss or those learning in a second language," said the president of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
West Lothian Courier (U.K.)
Colin Williamson is a bright, funny and articulate man. Ask him to speak on a variety of subjects and he can wax lyrical. But challenge him to write down his thoughts and you might be handed a confusing document which you would struggle to make sense of.
The Daily Citizen (AR)
Strip the binder from an anthropology textbook, feed the 350 pages into a converter of sorts, and a day later, a computer will read the material to a student who learns a bit differently than most. And that's only one of the aids available to the hundreds of University of Arkansas students with a variety of learning disabilities.
Cherokee Sentinel (NC)
Learning disabilities are something for which parents, teachers, and students must develop strategies. With plans of action, learning disabled (LD) students can go on to engage in successful school careers — including college or other secondary educations. The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) offers these guidelines for working with LD students on homework.
The Press-Enterprise (CA)
The Inland Empire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is looking for parents and educators who want to learn about removing literacy obstacles. "Anyone interested in learning about child and adult literacy issues is invited to attend," said Regina Richards, Inland Empire branch IDA president.
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.
About.com Autism Blog
Curious about what the Obama administration has in mind for folks with autism or learning disabilities? WhiteHouse.gov published his agenda on disabilities, which includes a commitment to "funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, supporting early intervention for children with disabilities and universal screening, improving college opportunities for high school graduates with disabilities, and making college more affordable. Obama and Biden will also authorize a comprehensive study of students with disabilities and issues relating to transition to work and higher education."
Roz Rutten's invisible disability used to make her feel ashamed, but not anymore. The 31-year-old Regina woman's world started improving when she began a 24-week program offered by the Learning Disabilities Association. There, she was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Sudbury Northern Life (Canada)
Motivational speaker Todd Cunningham provides a personal life perspective on how technology can assist people with learning disabilities. Some of these technologies include text-to-speech, graphic organizers, word prediction, and voice recognition.
Darien News (CT)
This second article in a series on special education in Darien looks at the IDEA requirement for a "free and appropriate" public education. While "free and appropriate" sounds like a simple requirement, for educators and parents, it's the greatest bone of contention. The word "free" is defined easily enough, but the word "appropriate" has no spelled-out definition when it comes to special education, and leaves a lot of room for debate.
Flint Journal (MI)
The key for a teacher who wants to become an effective parent advocate lies in understanding special education laws, rules, and procedures. A good, informal training approach to learning special education laws and procedures is to attend workshops hosted by local school districts, advocacy organizations, and professional special education organizations.