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TC Palm (FL)
Bessey Creek Elementary Parents' Forum is holding a public forum to Tuesday discuss how specialists can help children with attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Here are some experts' tips for parents of children with ADD/ADHD.
Sandra, 50, and Christopher Crossan, 31, of Canton graduated together from Stark State College of Technology on Sunday. The mother and son team overcame challenges — including health issues and a learning disability — to get their degrees. The mother and son team made a pact to get their degrees together. "You are not going to let this disability get you down," Sandra said to her son.
Brazosport Facts (TX)
The Clarion at Brazosport College continues its International Filmmakers Series with Dave Banks' "Virtue of Risk" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Banks is a three-time Emmy-winning photojournalist and documentarian who was told by teachers that his dyslexia would haunt him forever and diminish his professional opportunities. Banks found solace in an old Ansco box camera given to him by his grandmother.
The Women's International Perspective (CA)
Although per pupil spending across the country has increased on average over the past 30 years, it has not kept pace with the costs of educating an increasingly diverse school population, which includes children with language learning needs and learning disabilities.
Pekin Daily Times (IL)
East Light Theater will come alive tonight as children with disabilities prepare to take to the stage for a performance they have been working on since last September.
Kansas City Star (MO)
Major-league baseball apparently suffers from what one doctor calls an "epidemic" of attention deficit disorder. The league granted nearly 8 percent of its players a medical exemption for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the 2008 season.
What once read "requires" now reads "needs." But the amending of that single word in the 2004 update of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) automatically triggered a surge in the number of students eligible for assistive technology in K-12 schools. Education technology magazine T.H.E. Journal looks at how assistive technology is being used in schools.
Dr. Fournier answers a question from a parent who received advice from a teacher that her daughter has ADHD and to seek medication. He notes that the diagnosis should come from a developmental pediatrician. And yes, true ADD/ADHD behavior is usually treated with medication. It is more important, however, to diagnose and treat your child's underlying learning problem, not its behavioral manifestations.
New Times (CA)
National nonprofit Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic aims to get textbooks, schoolbooks, and, yes, even fiction like Harry Potter into the hands of students with visual impairments or learning disabilities. For $35 a year, plus a $65 initial registration fee, individuals can tap into that collection of almost 47,000 digitally recorded books, which, for copyright reasons, essentially acts as a national lending library. Schools can participate at an entry level for $350 a year.
The Daily Item (MA)
The Lynn, Mass., Public Schools Special Education Department faced criticism in a recent district review conducted by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, primarily for placing special needs students in small, secluded classrooms.
The Los Angeles Times (CA)
A closer look at a small new study that suggests that, for children diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, the twice-daily practice of transcendental meditation in school improves attention and reduces stress, anxiety and impulsive behavior.
My Central Jersey (N.J.)
School officials want the public's input on its special-education services as part of a state-mandated self-assessment of those offerings. The district will assess itself on a number of different federally dictated areas, including: placing special-education students in the least restrictive environment; parental involvement in the special-education process; and performance on state assessments for students with disabilities.
Non-publicly funded schools have financial limits that sometimes force them to turn away disabled students. The heartbreak of such a decision led one family to start a new group called Exceptional Catholic Minnesota. Exceptional Catholic is in the early stages of trying to build a parent network. "First and foremost, we have to increase awareness that inclusive Catholic education for children with disabilities is a possibility," said founder Monica Duffy.
The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Hope for learning disabled children lives in a rather ordinary-looking classroom at Nootka elementary school in Vancouver. That's where teacher Tyson Schoeber delivers a program called THRIVE, believed to be unique in British Columbia public schools because of its emphasis on individualized learning, technology, and Orton-Gillingham reading instruction, which has proven effective for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Manawatu Standard (N.Z.)
Both Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill have been labeled dyslexic. If one uses the scientific view that dyslexia is a persistent literary learning difficulty, both would not be considered dyslexic. But, people who believe dyslexia is a spectrum disorder would probably consider the two luminaries to be dyslexic. The range of definitions will be discussed at this year's dyslexia conference next week in Wellington, N.Z.
Miami Herald (FL)
There is job growth in teaching special-education students, and the rewards can be plentiful, professionals said.
The Austin American-Statesman (TX)
The Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin raises self-esteem by catching kids up on their reading and writing skills. For almost 20 years, the nonprofit center has been helping kids with dyslexia. It provides free academic language therapy for second- through sixth-graders, as well as dyslexia evaluations, summer programs, and training for teachers.
Lake Oswego Review (OR)
More children receiving special services in the Lake Oswego School District are now eligible for placement in special education classrooms. The district touts the change as increased flexibility, and some parents agree. Other parents, however, feel the change sets the stage for violations of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
WFPL News (KY)
Congress has amended the Americans with Disabilities Act to clarify — and significantly broaden — the definition of disability. Previously, the law simply stated that someone was disabled if an impairment affected so-called "major life activities." But those activities have only now been spelled out and include learning and concentrating.
The Press-Enterprise (CA)
Eric Atkinson says he has struggled with dyslexia throughout his education, but after being diagnosed while attending community college, has found ways to work around it. In fact, he has earned three postsecondary degrees, is working on a fourth, and won first prize in the prestigious Randolph Edmonds Young Scholar program at the annual Black Theatre Network conference. His award-winning paper compares the origins of hip-hop with the development of bebop jazz 60 years ago.