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Four Oklahoma school districts have voted not to comply with a new state law that would permit students with disabilities to use public money to go to private schools. School boards for the 4,400-student Bixby and 14,900-student Union school districts, both in the Tulsa, Okla., area, voted Oct. 11 not to provide scholarships to parents who apply for them under the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Act, which became effective in August.
National Public Radio
Investigative reporter Katherine Ellison's son, Buzz, was charming and bright. But he was also driving her crazy. Both mother and son were constantly at odds, and Buzz was anxious, angry and lonely. When Buzz was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Ellison was already familiar with its symptoms she soon learned that she had ADHD as well.
On Special Education Blog, Education Week
John Wills Lloyd has written about an interesting study in the latest issue of Pediatrics on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its correlation to reading disabilities. The study, which looked at more than 5,000 Minnesota youth, found that children with ADHD have dramatically higher rates of reading disabilities than youth without the disorder.
Writing in Pediatrics, Professor Kouichi Yoshimasu and colleagues reported that the chances of children and youths having reading disabilities is significantly higher among those who have ADHD than it is among the general population of children and youths.
North Jefferson News (AL)
I wanted readers to be more aware of a reading disorder problem that could be seen as a lazy, literacy or simply an LD "learning differently" problem. What would you think about a child in the middle of the third grade just learning all of their ABC's?
About 80 percent of Americans believe the statement "people with learning disabilities are just as smart as you and me" to be generally accurate. But a majority of the public also link learning disabilities with mental retardation and autism, and more than 50 percent agree that learning disabilities are "often caused by the home environment children are raised in." The poll was commissioned by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation of New Haven, Conn., which makes grants to support children with learning disabilities.
Despite an increased understanding that kids learn differently, a majority of Americans still do not completely understand what conditions are related to learning disabilities, a new poll says. The report by the Tremaine Foundation, which supports programs in arts, environment and disabilities, is based on a telephone poll of 1,000 adults.
Hingham Journal (MA)
Special education is all about ensuring that children with disabilities have the same access to schooling as their typical peers. Under the law, children are expected to make "effective progress" and are guaranteed a "free and appropriate public education" (FAPE) in the "least restrictive environment" (LRE). The terminology and concepts seem simple enough, but words and phrases such as effective, appropriate, and least restrictive are subjective and open to different interpretations.
WSAZ NewsChannel 2 (WV)
Finding a job in this economy is hard enough. Finding a job in the downturn economy when you have a disability is a challenge that can seem overwhelming. Some local folks with disabilities have overcome big obstacles to not only get a job, but do that job to award-winning levels.
As part of President Obama's stimulus program, special education funding was doubled. It was an unprecedented infusion of money. However, it was a one-time, short-term funding boost for children with special needs. There is still a ways to go for the federal government to live up to its promise of "full funding" of special education.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to have missing or extra chromosomes than other children - the first evidence that the disorder is genetic, a new study says.
Los Angeles Times
She took on successive bureaucracies, demanding a proper education for Michael while he sat in juvenile hall and then county jail, his learning stagnating as he awaited trial. Now that he's in state prison, another fight may be on the horizon.
Palm Beach Post (FL)
Kasan Holme struggled to pay attention in fourth grade last year, getting in trouble so often that his teacher exiled him to the back of the room. He began begging his mother to let him leave school. This year, the Wellington 10-year-old goes to a private school that promises help for his learning disability. He's one of a growing number of special-needs children in Florida whose parents use tax money to subsidize their private education.
US News & World Report
Maybe he's the husband who manages his time poorly, falls through on promises to mow the lawn or get groceries, and grows bored within minutes. Maybe she's the wife who's disorganized and cluttered, overlooks details, and flits from one activity to the next. "One of the most common things I hear is, 'If you really loved me, you would remember to close the cabinets in the kitchen, or pay the bills on time, or call before you leave work,'" says psychotherapist Walter Sherburne of Andover, Mass. Welcome to an ADHD marriage.
Tara Kennedy-Kline's husband, Chris, loved her free spirit when they were high school sweethearts. But nearly 20 years later, he found her behavior alarming. By the time a therapist diagnosed Kennedy-Kline with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) four years ago, the couple were on the brink of divorce. Like millions of Americans, they'd learned that ADHD, often thought of as a childhood disorder, can have devastating consequences for adults.
Vancouver Sun (Canada)
When Brody Porter was 10, he offered to give his spot in a special North Vancouver school to his sister so she wouldn't have to endure the pain he had suffered because of his learning disability. "I said to him, 'Why would you do that?' " his mother Jennifer Porter recalled. "And he goes, 'Because I don't want her to have the same stomach aches I used to have,' " said Porter. Both the Porter children, now in their teens, ended up going to the school despite the expense, but it's stories like theirs that fuel Raise-A-Reader Day, which takes place Wednesday all across the country.
Special education advocates are greeting the burgeoning common academic standards movement with a mixture of optimism and caution.
New York Times
Joe and Mary Thompson had agreed to adopt Emily before her birth in 1999, and it never occurred to them to back out when she was born with spina bifida. But that same year, their residential remodeling business went under, prompting job changes that left the family searching for health coverage with a child who was uninsurable. The insurers were willing to cover the Thompsons and their older daughter, but not Emily or her 13-year-old brother, who had a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder. Starting Thursday, the insurers will not be able to do that, as the new health care law prohibits them from denying coverage to children under 19 because of pre-existing health conditions.
Deep-breathing exercises, medication, and listening to relaxing music all help me manage my day-to-day struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and comorbidities, but what about when out-of-the-ordinary stress strikes?
San Francisco Chronicle
The $122 million San Francisco schools spend on its 6,300 special education students fails to consistently address the needs of those children, too often needlessly segregating them in special classrooms and disproportionately diagnosing disabilities based on race, an independent audit found.