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Proposal Limits Progress Reports

The Washington Post

At two hearings within the next four weeks, Northern Virginians will have a chance to weigh in on a controversial state plan to revise special education rules that has already drawn thousands of written comments and raised concerns among many parents of children with disabilities.

Dyslexia and The Children's Book: Henry Winkler's Hero Finds Unique Solutions To School Problems

Andover Townsman (MA)

Henry Winkler, the actor perhaps best known for defining cool as "The Fonz," will visit Andover on Mother's Day to talk about the latest release in his Hank Zipzer series of children's books. Hank, the main character, has a learning disability and learns to adapt and persevere through painfully tough school assignments, just as Winkler did.

Dyslexic Makes Good 'bAd' Movie

The Herald (CA)

Vincenzo Giammanco struggled mightily with dyslexia. A teacher at Monterey High declared that Giammanco would "never amount to anything," but he was wrong. At just 23, Giammanco has received accolades for his 30-minute short feature film, "bAd," which dramatizes the trials and emotions of a dyslexic child.

Special with a Capital 'S' Describes Retiring LD Teacher

Hudson Star-Observer (WI)

Since she started full time at Houlton Elementary fifteen years ago, countless students have benefited from Louise Hermansen's unique style of finding just the right method of teaching for them. Most of the time she is creating projects, educational games and curriculum units on the fly to meet individual student needs.

Briefs: California Agency to Study Special Education

Los Angeles Times

The California state Department of Education announced Wednesday that it would hire an independent consultant to study special education students who fail the high school exit exam but otherwise meet graduation requirements, according to a lawsuit settlement tentatively approved by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman.

Music, Teacher, Inspired Ohio Grad to go to College

Zanesville Times Recorder (OH)

Two years ago, as a senior at Maysville High School, Matt Moody had no plans to attend college. Today he's enrolled in classes at Ohio University–Zanesville and has dreams of earning a master's degree. Labeled learning disabled throughout school, the things he's accomplishing today never crossed his mind as a high school student.

Opinion: How IEP Can Cover Sports Participation

Lawrence Journal–World (KS)

The parent of a 14 year old boy with attention–deficit disorder and bipolar disorder asks experts about how participating in organized athletics can be incorporated into his Individualized Education Program.

College of Mount St. Joseph Hosts Reading, Dyslexia Institute

Community Press and Recorder (OH)

The College of Mount St. Joseph and the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University present the Institute on Reading and Dyslexia (I REaD) at the college Aug. 4–8.

Tackle Learning Disabilities, Ontario School Board Urged

The Windsor Star (Canada)

Citing "alarming" figures showing 60 percent of students with learning disabilities or behavior problems don't finish high school, a Canadian teachers' union urged the public board Wednesday to endorse a plan calling for more teachers, support staff and the restoration of early childhood educators.

How to Advocate for your Learning Disabled Child

The Star-Ledger (NJ)

Parents who find themselves newly in the position as their child's special education advocate scramble to make sense of what is happening, who they need to see, what rights they have and so on. Often, the best place to start is your own back yard. Here's a list of resources.

Best and Brightest: Tutor is Driven by Past Struggle

The Gazette (CO)

In elementary school, Griffin Smith struggled with dyslexia. But working with a reading specialist, he became an avid reader. In ninth grade Smith asked if he could mentor younger kids struggling with reading and writing. "Griffin has made a difference in the lives of my students by leading by example," said teacher Kathy Rugh.

Perseverance Pays Off

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)

"A lot of kids with learning disabilities don't think success is theirs to achieve," said Beatrice Bell. But her daughter Jessie Bell did. "I have to work harder," Jesse said. "I need extra time. But everyone has been so supportive and encouraged me" to continue — and this week finish — her degree in Information Technology.

Dyslexic Focus in School Review

BBC News (U.K.)

An inquiry into what is taught in England's primary schools is to be widened to look at how children with dyslexia should be supported.

Adopted Teens Face Higher Risk For ADHD

National Public Radio

People have wondered for a long time whether children who were adopted in infancy are at increased risk for psychological problems. Now, the first study of its kind has found that most are psychologically healthy, though they're at "slightly increased risk" for behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.

From The Fonz to Hank’s Creator

The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Florida)

Readers first met character Hank Zipzer in the summer of 2003 when his good intentions and mishaps were chronicled in "Niagara Falls, Or Does It?" Hank's creators, Henry (The Fonz) Winkler and Lin Oliver just published Book No. 14 in the series, "The Life of Me: Enter At Your Own Risk." The Florida Times-Union spoke with Winkler about how both he and his character overcome the challenges brought by dyslexia.

Tutor is Driven by Past Struggle

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

In elementary school, Griffin Smith watched his classmates read while he struggled to sound out the words. Diagnosed with severe dyslexia, he was held back a grade and worked weekly with a reading specialist. "I shook off the worst of my dyslexia by the beginning of third grade and began reading with a passion," Smith said. To show his gratitude for overcoming his dyslexia, he approached the principal of Gold Camp Elementary when he was in ninth grade to ask if he could mentor kids struggling with reading and writing.

Editorial: The Politics of Special Ed Vouchers

The Washington Times (Washington, DC)

In this third and final piece in a Washington Times series of editorials, Special Education policy suggestions are made to presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. McCain is asked to consider embracing an approach to school choice that would allow parents of disabled students to use federal special-education dollars in any public or private school they see fit.

UK: Government Orders Inquiry Into Teaching of Children with Dyslexia

The Independent (United Kingdom)

Ministers will today announce a major review of the way an estimated 300,000 dyslexic children are taught in state schools. Announcing the review to The Independent, Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said he believed the review would provide "firm evidence of the way forward, convince the skeptics that dyslexia exists and tell us how best to get these children the help they deserve".

Some Area Schools Experienced Problems with Testing Forms

Mount Vernon News (OH)

Statewide testing mandates involve the printing and distribution of millions of test and answer forms for each subject area being assessed. Sometimes, glitches occur, as happened in some areas with the spring administration of Ohio Achievement Tests; not enough of certain test forms for students needing special accommodations were received by schools.

'Kid Connection' Nearing Reality

The Shelbyville News (IN)

This summer, children with mental impairments and physical disabilities should have a new playground area at Kennedy Park where they can safely play with children of all abilities.

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