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(Opinion) Schools Overlook Disabled Students

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.

Biking South of the Border: A Dyslexic Perspective

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."

Line One: Dyslexia


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.

Disabled Students Get 'a Level Playing Field'

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.

Special Education in America

Education Week

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.

Managing the Employee Who Might Have ADHD

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.

U of W Student Conquering 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 whenever she would ask for extra time and a quiet room, away from other distractions, to write her exams.

Aamir's Sleepless Night in Seattle

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.

Couple Give FSC $3.5 Million for Dyslexia School

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.

Court Reverses Ruling on Would-Be Doctors

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.

Understanding Individual Education Plans

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.

Attention Deficit Disorder Can Make Work Difficult

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.

Author Jackie Tells of Battle with Dyslexia

Ross-shire Journal (Scotland)

An inspirational Ross-shire children's author, who has battled dyslexia all her life, is urging local youngsters to get their creative juices flowing. Sixty-year-old Jackie Wood's Scatwell Rabbits series of illustrated books have sold more than 1,000 copies. She urged youngsters, "If you have a problem reading you should let people know as there are many things that can be done to help you."

Study: How to Treat Childhood Anxiety


Childhood anxieties are incredibly prevalent, and at times far more severe than the monster under the bed. Overwhelming and debilitating anxieties affect an estimated 10 to 20 percent of children, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A study unveiled today that will be published in the New England Journal of Medicine, aims answer the question of how to treat those children.

Letter Clarifies Report Rules for Disabilities

Education Week

School districts are allowed to refer to a student's disability or special education status on report cards, but they should generally refrain from such notations on student transcripts, according to new guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education.

Scotland: Are Our Schools Failing Dyslexics?

The Herald (UK)

In a wide-ranging review, HM Inspectorate of Education of Scotland found dyslexia is now widely recognized and there are many examples of excellent practice in schools, from effective early intervention and use of technology, to high-quality support and teacher training. Despite this, the report confirms what parents have long argued - that there is a "mixed picture" of support across Scotland, with teachers having varying levels of skills.

Trouble with Math? It Could Be Dyscalculia

WINK News (FL)

Armenta Stalworth, 12, struggled with the most basic math. She was frustrated and so were the adults around her. But then she changed schools and someone recognized that she had dyscalculia, a math learning disability. "If I say to you, 'one,' you immediately have the image of one thing. And for this child, one and seven may all be confused. They don't have that feeling of one piece or seven pieces," says Dr. Joan Teach, director of the Lullwater School.

Suffering Test Anxiety

Baltimore Sun

Educators fear that a large number of English-language learners, as well as a large population of special- education students in Maryland, might be denied a diploma in June because they cannot pass the High School Assessments. This week, the Maryland State Board of Education took a final vote to continue the requirement, which will take effect for the first time for this year's senior class.

It's Special Education, Indeed

News Tribune (WA)

In teacher Lisa Hough's classroom, pictures of letters loaded in a choo-choo train chug across the wall, and the clatter of rambunctious preschoolers livens the morning lessons. As Hough goes over the day’s activities with her pint-sized students, she asks, "Did we do coloring today?" while fluttering her fingers against her chin. That's the sign for coloring. One by one, the youngsters respond, "Yes, we did coloring" out loud and in American Sign Language. This is a typical day in a new preschool for deaf and hard-of-hearing children at Carter Lake Elementary School on McChord Air Force Base.

Job Fair Held for Disabled Workers

Daily Advertiser (LA)

Hundreds of people with disabilities got a sense of the opportunities available to them at the fifth annual Job Fair for People with Disabilities on Tuesday in Lafayette, LA. More than 40 employers handed out information and met with potential hires at the fair. That provided plenty of options for Jason Weill of Abbeville, who has attention deficit disorder. "It helps me get my name out there for my line of work," Weill said. Weill graduated from UL last year, but has had a hard time finding a job, primarily because of test-taking difficulties.

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