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Delmarva Daily Times (MD)
Barbara Esham has an IQ of 130, but often gets lost while driving. She mastered high-level math with ease, but has trouble remembering basic spelling rules. Esham created a series of children's books called "The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses," stories designed to show kids that "smart" comes in many different forms.
Southeast Missourian (MO)
In the first grade, Jack Gantos was in the lowest reading group. Now he is a successful author who enjoys spending time in middle schools reading in an abandoned bookmobile. His Joey Pigza books, which feature a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, have brought him the most attention.
The Times (U.K.)
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be treated with drugs such as Ritalin only in severe cases and never when they are younger than 5, under official health guidelines issued last week.
Greene County Daily World (IN)
Jim "Basketball" Jones will present a program of inspirational stories interspersed with a little basketball spinning, dribbling, and juggling at White River Valley Schools. Jones is considered one of the country's top basketball handlers, and receives rave reviews for his motivational talks. As a young child, Jones was an "LD" (learning disabled) student who struggled with dyslexia.
For many parents, sending a child off to school for the first time can be difficult. Having a child with special needs makes it even more difficult. But Pocatello School District 25 has a special program to help those children get an early start on their education.
Dothan Eagle (AL)
Alabama has been tweaking its high school diploma options, recently beefing up its academic endorsement and adding a new credit-based diploma endorsement to help students who struggle with the state exit exam to graduate on time.
Cochrane Times (Canada)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult for parents to manage with their children, especially if they don't have anyone to turn to. So the town of Cochrane is organizing a program with the hopes of connecting families with ADHD children, so that they can share their experiences of coping with the disorder.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
In this special report on private schools, the newspaper looks at private schools that offer intensive programs for children with learning disabilities.
Northwest Austin Community Impact Newspaper (TX)
Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that causes difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling, and the staff at Scottish Rite Learning Center is dedicated to raising awareness of the disorder to help children and their families cope with it.
Seattle Times (WA)
A parenting columnist answers a parent's question about her son repeating eighth grade: Allow him to choose to attend a different school. In addition to supporting his decision, have him tested for a learning disability. It's a possibility that might help you and him understand his frustrations with schoolwork.
Evening Herald (Ireland)
Emma Matthews is a program manager with the Career Path for Dyslexia course run by the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. "Dyslexia is an isolating experience … I never lost my confidence, yet so many people with dyslexia do. Yet with the right support anything is possible. After all, I'm a teacher now," she says.
The Fort Scott Tribune
A four-year, $236,500 federal grant to Fort Scott Community College will help students who face obstacles to attending college — including students with learning and other disabilities. The program provides tutors, counselors, advisors, and other support.
The Dallas Morning News (TX)
Center for BrainHealth at the University of Dallas tested a new way to teach complex reasoning and critical thinking skills with students with ADHD. They are ready to turn their SMART (Strategic Memory and Reasoning Training) findings into a web-based training program for all students. They are searching for $20 million in funding to do so.
The Progressive Magazine (WI)
While both sides say they care about children with disabilities, neither campaign is addressing the issues — from health care to education to employment to access to technology — that are of vital concern to people with disabilities, like myself.
An $800, 000 dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will help offset tuition and prepare the next wave of special education teachers.
Britain's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says that up to 9 per cent of children and 2 per cent of adults fall within broad definitions of ADHD. One of the authors said, "The guidance makes it clear that medication is the right approach in some cases but that it should not be used for everyone and certainly not to tackle minor educational problems."
The New York Times (NY)
Securing a good spot in an oversubscribed New York City kindergarten, whether public or private, is difficult enough for most parents. But for the parents of children with special needs, it is especially challenging.
San Antonio Express-News (TX)
A $4 million study about to begin in San Antonio and two other cities will try to determine which of the two most commonly prescribed medicines — Depakote and Risperdal — works better at stemming severe aggression in children with ADHD, or if either works better than a sugar pill.
To finally put a tag on what I have lived with all my life — dyscalculia — I finally know that some part of my brain is different, I know why I always scored so low in IQ tests. There is no triumphant feeling that I made it despite my disability. There is no other feeling except the knowledge that I am not dumb and that this disability made me who I am.
A bill expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act that is headed to the White House could have implications for some students with disabilities.