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The Department of Labor's High School/High Tech program brings recruiters to talk to students about their companies. It also offers real-world experiences such as tours and job shadowing. The program helps students with learning disabilities identify their strengths and make informed decisions about their futures.
Daily Local News (PA)
Teenagers diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a neurobehavioral disorder, can find support in groups such as "Get Off My Back." A clinical psychologist facilitates the meetings once a month for a group of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 as part of programs offered by the local chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
BBC News (U.K.)
A common genetic variant may be partly to blame for poor reading ability, research suggests. Tests by the University of Oxford found people carrying the key sequence tended to perform worse than average in tests of their reading ability. The variant, carried by more than one in seven people, has already been associated with dyslexia.
The Ledger (FL)
An informational meeting evolved into an impromptu support group recently as some parents whose children have mental disorders, ranging from attention deficit to bipolar, met to learn what help the local National Alliance on Mental Illness can provide. Before the meeting ended, NAMI and parents agreed to run an ongoing support group in the Lakeland area.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Kids with dyscalculia have trouble deciphering numbers, in the same way dyslexics have trouble with letters, researchers say.
Christian Science Monitor
First-graders learn firsthand about disabilities — and respect. Maggie Doben's unique program helps kids understand those with disabilities.
Hernando Today (FL)
Parents Stacy Walsh and Nikki Pierce created the Special Students of Hernando, a support group that functions more like a resource for local parents of students with disabilities. "When you begin your journey with a special needs child, you have to learn a whole new language," Walsh said.
The Washington Post (DC)
The Virginia State Board of Education approved revisions to special education rules yesterday that omitted two proposals that parents of disabled students had said would severely restrict their rights. But some parents said they are still worried about the state's procedures for evaluating children with special needs.
The Financial (Ukraine)
The United States Chamber of Commerce applauds President Bush for signing into law on September 25 the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 saying the law strikes the right balance between protecting individuals with disabilities and clarifying the obligations and requirements of employers.
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.