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The Trinidad Times Independent (Colorado)
An explanation of what the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are, and how the BOCES for south central Colorado is helping member districts get into compliance with federal and state special education law. "I'm very hopeful that we are doing our part in providing good, solid services to you, and everybody is really engaged in the partnership," said the executive director.
UB Reporter (NY)
Professor William E. Pelham Jr. was named the first recipitent of the new Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence at the University of Buffalo. Pelham is a leading expert in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conducts a highly successful behavior-modification summer program at the university for children with ADHD.
Parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more likely than other parents to divorce before their child's 8th birthday, a new study of nearly 500 couples suggests. After that age, however, divorce rates were similar in both groups of parents.
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.
The Observer (Canada)
Intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities are not interchangeable terms. "Learning disabilities" refers to a variety of disorders that affect the acquisition, retention, understanding, organization or use of verbal and/or non-verbal information. Learning disabilities are specific, not global impairments.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect movement in boys more than it does in girls, according to a new study. "Our findings suggest that the differences between boys and girls with ADHD show up not only in behavior and symptoms but also in development of movement control, likely because girls' brains mature earlier than boys' brains," said study author E. Mark Mahone, Ph.D., with the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
The Financial Times Limited (U.K.)
The biggest challenge for most IT system buyers is picking the right one, at the right price. The choice is far more limited, however, if they or their employees rely on "screen reader" technology to scan the text of a web page or application interface and present it in audio format.
The Desert Sun (CA)
An educational psychologist answers a parent's question about assistive technology for a daughter just diagnosed with dysgraphia.
The Ledger (FL)
A civil rights lawyer specializing in juvenile-justice law with the Southern Poverty Law Center says that Florida's harsh approach to handling children with behavioral problems is just flat wrong. It will be far more economical, more humane and more effective to make sure these children get the help they need in school rather than to pay for incarceration later.
The Western Front (WA)
As a recipient of Fairhaven's $15,000 Adventure Learning Grant, Western Washington University junior Tyson Minck is stretching his dollar and mind to the fullest potential in a journey which he has titled "The Bicycle's Impact on South America: A Dyslexic Perspective."
Whether they are teaching English, math, social studies, history or science, Gateway School in Anchorage immerses students in language usage throughout the day and strives to meet the educational, emotional and physical needs of students struggling with dyslexia. Today on Line One, meet the founder of Gateway School, Marilyn Anderson along with education specialist, Doris Cerny when they join Dr. Woodard for a discussion on dyslexia.
The Windsor Star (Canada)
Imagine the teacher ordering the myopic kid in class to take off his glasses to ensure "a level playing field" with all those other sighted students who don't have the advantage of visual aids. A ridiculous proposition. But that is how dyslexic University of Windsor student Holly Ferguson often felt in high school and primary school in Toronto whenever she would ask for extra time and a quiet room, away from other distractions, to write her exams.
The EPE Research Center, a division of the nonprofit organization that publishes Education Week, released a report that examines key issues facing students with disabilities. In conjunction with this release, a monthlong series of online chats will be held to discuss special education issues.
CVBT Central Valley Business Times (MN)
"I'm up to 67 jobs and counting," says David Wilkowske. Job hopping is not a hobby for him, but it has resulted in a new book, The Chronic Job Hopper: My Ongoing Battle With Attention Deficit Disorder. In this audio interview, he talks about his experiences and offers advice.
The Windsor Star (Canada)
Imagine the teacher ordering the myopic kid in class to take off his glasses to ensure "a level playing field" with all those other sighted students who don't have the advantage of visual aids. A ridiculous proposition. But that is how dyslexic University of Windsor student Holly Ferguson often felt in high school whenever she would ask for extra time and a quiet room, away from other distractions, to write her exams.
International Business Times (India)
Director Aamir Khan screened his movie, already a hit in India, at the International Dyslexia Association annual meeting held in Seattle. "As the lights dimmed I was really nervous. Here were people who know all about Dyslexia and work in the field of learning disabilities," he wrote. He was overwhelmed when Taare Zameen Par received a standing ovation.
The Ledger (FL)
Hal and Marjorie Roberts have good reason to be concerned about children with dyslexia. They have two grandchildren with the condition. On Friday they announced that Florida Southern College will receive $3.5 million to create the Roberts Academy, a transitional school for intellectually gifted children with dyslexia.
San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Would-be doctors in California with dyslexia or other disabilities that affect their reading skills aren't entitled to extra time or other accommodations on the medical school entrance exam, a state appeals court said Thursday, reversing a lower-court decision.
The Observer (FL)
An Observer reporter shares her experience navigating special education for her daughter: I have had three IEP meetings thus far, and find that preparation is key. My best advice for any parent who goes through the IEP process is to become well-informed about the rights of your child.
The Vancouver Sun (Canada)
People with ADD can benefit from disclosing their learning disability at work, but people should make the decision carefully. Fortunately, there are plenty of strategies people with ADD can employ at work to manage things more effectively.