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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.
Rep. Mike Castle's loss in his quest for the GOP senatorial nomination in Delaware will remove from Congress a longtime member with deep expertise in education issues and a reputation for helping bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats on thorny aspects of K-12 policy. Rep. Castle is the author of the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and he also helped write the 1997 revision of the IDEA.
When Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, stepped through the doors of Humboldt High School, Principal Mike Sodomka handed her a yellow folder of dry statistics detailing all the ways in which his school supposedly is a failure. Yet Sodomka wants Weingarten to return to Washington to advocate for schools like his. One-fourth of Humboldt's 894 students receive special-education services. More than 40 percent are just learning English, and more than 90 percent are impoverished.
A Fort Wayne non-profit organization that helps children struggling with learning disabilities is in jeopardy of closing its doors. Officials with the Fort Wayne Center for Learning say they need the community's help to remain open. The Fort Wayne Center for Learning is the only facility of its kind in Northeast Indiana.
Project Connections, a program at Middlesex County College that provides intensive support services for college-able students with learning disabilities, has received a five-year federal grant. The program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, will receive $297,987 per year, making the full allocation almost $1.5 million.
Detroit Free Press (MI)
Educator Leanna Landsman answers the following parent question: "We are a military family being transferred overseas. Our third-grader, Nathan, has a learning disability and an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in a good public school in California. Can we transfer his IEP to his new school, which is run by the Department of Defense?"
After decades of what seemed to be an inexorable upward path, the number of students classified as learning-disabled declined from year to year over much of the past decadea change in direction that is spurring debates among experts about the reasons why.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The latest chapter in a 9-year-old class-action lawsuit regarding special-education services in Milwaukee Public Schools unfolded Tuesday in the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, as lawyers for the district and Disability Rights Wisconsin argued their positions before a three-judge panel.
Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Today she is a successful central Ohio entrepreneur, but in the 1970s, Janis Mitchell's school placed her into a class for students with mental disabilities after her dyslexia was diagnosed in the first grade. Mitchell is now pushing for new legislation, introduced by a bipartisan pair of state lawmakers, that would better define dyslexia. It also would create a pilot program in three Ohio school districts designed to screen early for the disability and get students needed help.