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Physics teacher Roy McClean has set up a bench in the parking lot of St. Gregory High School, which is also the only Archdiocese high school that provides for students with learning disabilities or other issues that impede learning. He is starting a lesson in "projectile motion." In other words, students will be launching rockets and hopefully not breaking the windows of any cars.
Las Vegas Sun
As a special educator, I am working in classrooms where students with learning disabilities are mainstreamed into the regular education environment. There are different findings depending upon which research is read, but the fact that many students with disabilities learn from the behaviors of their peers is something most in education agree upon.
The District of Columbia's top special education official testified in federal court Monday that some school personnel ignore scheduled meetings with parents, contributing to the city's failure to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities or behavioral challenges.
Greenwich Time (CT)
After six years teaching at ARCH School, Anthony Mullen, 48, is now being recognized as one of four finalists in the state's 2009 Teacher of the Year Contest, an annual competition that recognizes Connecticut's top educators for their efforts in and out of the classroom. Superintendent of Schools Betty Sternberg chose Mullen to represent Greenwich in the state's contest last spring, after observing him in the classroom and talking to him about local and statewide issues in special education.
Norwich Bulletin (CT)
One of the myths about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is children outgrow it. Instead, what health care professionals have discovered is the neurobiological disorder follows one into adulthood, creating serious implications, such as job and relationship loss. "What tends to happen, children grow up and the hyperactivity tends to diminish. However, the inattention doesn’t go away," said Alnoor Ramji, a psychiatrist with Select Behavioral Health in Norwich, CT.
Sheboygan Press (WI)
Lakeland College Theatre will tell the story a group of college students who fight to overcome their learning disabilities when it stages "ENglish Is A FoReign LangUage," a powerful and touching play by Peter Dee, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., in the college's Bradley Theatre in Sheboygan, WI. Dee's work conveys what it must be like to cope with ADHD and dyslexia, and paints a vivid picture of how real people handle the debilitating low self-esteem that comes with them.
The Virginian-Pilot (VA)
Seth Porter bursts with questions and answers. But at his old school, his raised hand often was ignored. It's different in Jared Setnar's history class at Chesapeake Bay Academy. At this private school on Baker Road, most students have struggled or failed in other settings. They have learning disabilities that can make school frustrating for them despite natural intelligence. Setnar, 29, understands. "I'm learning disabled, too," he said.
The English government think tank on the future said too often learning difficulties, "remain unidentified, or are treated only when advanced. The result can be under-achievement in school and disengagement by the child.... Improvements in early detection combined with focused interventions could prevent problems developing and create broad and lasting benefits for the child and society."
The Jackson Sun (TN)
In recognition of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, representatives from the Tennessee Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association are holding informational sessions for parents, grandparents, and teachers.
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY)
Like an estimated 2 million other children in the United States, Milton Jimenez of Binghamton has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Unlike most other kids with challenges, though, Milton has a mentor.
New York Daily News (NY)
After getting a recommendation that didn't match what she new about her son, she asked to see the evaluation. What she saw horrified her: It was a duplicate of an earlier evaluation from when he was 5 years old. It didn't correctly describe her son, she said. For example, he can now count past four, unlike what the report described.
Ouray News (CO)
The district deputy superintendent talks about why RTI is it a major element of the district's Strategic Plan: We are putting together our unique plan and are on track to implement it this year. Our plan does not just focus on struggling readers. Our goal is an Individualized Learning Plan for every child.
We all get lost sometimes. Some of us have the problem more often than others. Sharon Roseman, 61, of Littleton, Colo., has a different story: Each morning, she wakes up in a house where all the doors and hallways seem to have moved overnight. As a child, Roseman says, "I spent all of my time being lost." Just two months ago, she learned her problem has a name: developmental topographical disorientation a profound lack of navigational skill, probably rooted in early brain development.
Sioux City Journal (IA)
Randy Geyerman claims the Sioux City Journal was to blame for his volunteering with Western Iowa Tech Community College's Adult Literacy program. Following the publicity in the newspaper about four years ago, Geyerman contacted WIT to offer his services. WIT provides training and materials and strategies for working in a one-on-one situation with adult learners, said Derek Albert, WIT adult literacy coordinator. The program needs between 10 to 15 volunteers each year.
University of Connecticut Advance
The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) and the University Program for College Students with Learning Disabilities (UPLD) at the University of Connecticut have merged to form one office serving all students with disabilities. "We've always enjoyed a very collaborative relationship with the Neag School of Education's learning disability program, and now we're physically under one roof," says Donna Korbel, director of CSD. The Center includes seven professional staff and six graduate assistants.
Mid Devon Star (UK)
Queen Elizabeth's Community College in Crediton has been acknowledged for its work in helping students with dyslexia. The college has received the "Devon Inclusion Award – Dyslexia" at the 'established level'. The award, now into its third year, was set up by Devon’s Dyslexia Strategy Group. It aims to help schools improve access to the curriculum for students with severe literacy difficulties, and to recognize good practice.
New York Times Blogs (NY)
Parents of children with attention deficit problems are always looking for new strategies to help their children cope. An interesting new study suggests that spending time in nature may help.
Parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are almost twice as likely as other parents to divorce by the time their child is 8 years old, a new study suggests.
Eastside Business Journal (WA)
Microsoft Corp. recently opened the Inclusive Innovation Showroom, a new facility designed to demonstrate how accessibility features in Microsoft products and assistive technology solutions make it easier for anyone to see, hear and use a computer. The home space highlights a retiree with age-related impairments and a student with learning disabilities.
Emmy nominated Howie Mandel, host of "Deal or No Deal," is raising awareness about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults through the national multimedia public service announcement campaign "Adult ADHD Is Real." This campaign and its Web site, AdultADHDIsReal.com, have been developed by a coalition of groups dedicated to ADHD education and awareness.