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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.
The Virginian-Pilot (VA)
At a 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. He grew up ashamed of his dyslexia, though he embraces it now.
Guelph Mercury (Canada)
Leonie Matfin left school at 14 without having attained more than the most basic reading skills. In 2003, at age 61, she approached Action Read Community Literacy Centre determined to overcome her dyslexia and her past. With the unflagging support of her tutor, Sharon Nancekivell, she has since completed the first of two volumes of her memoirs.
Charlotte Observer (NC)
The Environmental Protection Agency tightened the regulatory limit on airborne lead for the first time in 30 years Thursday, lowering the legal maximum to a tenth of what it was on the grounds that it poses a more serious threat to children than officials had realized. The new rule came in response to more than 6,000 studies since 1990 studies that have linked low levels of lead to damage to children's nervous systems that can lead to IQ loss and permanent learning disabilities.
The Times (IN)
Ben Glenn grabbed his chalk and started creating a colorful centerpiece on a black bed sheet. The "Chalk Guy" entertained the large crowd during the ninth annual Boys & Girls Club's Steak and Burger dinner at the Porter County Expo Center in Washington Township, Indiana. Glenn, who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia, told the audience how he was labeled "special" as a child and in middle school was called "stupid." "I'm 35 years old now, but I still remember one of my teachers telling me to try, and she saw the potential in me," Glenn said. "You have to see challenges as an opportunity."
After failing to finish a reading assignment, 8-year-old Isabel Loeffler was sent to the school's time-out room a converted storage area under a staircase where she was left alone for three hours. Appalled, her parents removed her from the school district and filed a lawsuit. Some educators say time-out rooms are being used with increased frequency to discipline children with behavioral disorders. And the time outs are probably doing more harm than good, they add.
Instead of attending Dr. Phillips High School on Wednesday as usual, Chris Casseus spent the day at the Animal Medical Clinic in Orlando, Florida, learning how to care for animals. The hands-on learning was part of Disability Mentoring Day, a nationwide event that pairs students and job seekers who have disabilities with professionals to learn about careers. More than 1,300 students and mentors are participating statewide; nationally, more than 17,000 students and job seekers participate.
Danielle Fisher, a petite, 21-year-old college student from Bow, Washington, made headlines last year when she became the youngest person to conquer "The Seven Summits" - the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. While her drive and passion helped her become one of the best alpine climbers in her age group, Danielle also trounces tradition in another way. Danielle, along with millions of adults in the United States, struggles daily with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
News8 Austin (TX)
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and experts are taking the opportunity to show new and improved ways to help overcome the learning disability. Rawson-Saunders School is the only full curriculum school for elementary and middle school students with dyslexia in the greater Austin, TX area. The school uses research-based methods to meet the educational needs of each child in a supportive environment.