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5 misconceptions about learning disabilities
PBS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the classroom, it starts simply — sometimes with a struggle to sound out simple words; sometimes with trouble telling time, memorizing the times tables or learning left from right. It often ends simply, too: with a troubling statistic. One in five of the American students identified as having a learning disability will walk away from their education. That's compared to a dropout rate of 8 percent in the general population. More

Report favoring restraint, seclusion stirs backlash
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Disability advocates are on the offensive after a national group representing school administrators issued a report supporting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The report from the American Association of School Administrators argues that having the option to utilize restraint or seclusion when students are in danger of harming themselves or others allows schools to include students who would otherwise be institutionalized. More

Moms of autistic children work less, earn less
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. families with autistic children earn nearly $18,000 less than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report. The gap is mainly due to mothers not having a job or working fewer hours, researchers found. More

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Walgreens bets big on employees with disabilities
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Walgreens is expanding its efforts to employ people with disabilities, with a new focus on inclusion at retail stores. The national drugstore chain, which first embraced inclusion with a goal of having employees with disabilities make up 10 percent of its distribution center workforce, is rapidly bringing the concept to the storefront. More

Groups call for overhaul of federal chemical regulations
Ecology Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research on toxic chemicals in low-cost children's and adult jewelry found that more than half of the products contain high levels of hazardous chemicals. Researchers tested for chemicals — including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine (PVC) — which have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies and to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer. More

Utah to fund pilot program for autism treatment without mandate
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Utah government and private businesses are set to launch a collaboration with the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of families with young autistic children. The state will run a two-year pilot that will pay for therapy for about 350 children between the ages of 2 and 6. Insurance companies and at least one bank are expected to donate $1 million, which will be added to state dollars. More

ADHD diagnoses up 66 percent since 2000
Psych Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to a new study, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased by 66 percent over the past 10 years. Researchers analyzed changes in the diagnosis of youth ADHD and treatment of the disorder from 2000 to 2010. Only youth under the age of 18, and cared for by office-based physicians, were included in the evaluation. More

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Education department pursues NCLB waivers for districts
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Education, which is in the middle of granting waivers to states from many of the core tenets of the No Child Left Behind Act, already is thinking ahead to how it can offer the same flexibility to school districts in states that choose not to seek a waiver. Top Education Department officials are signaling that once states are given a chance to apply for waivers in September during a third round of judging, the department plans to open up some sort of flexibility options for districts, too. More

California student dreams of opportunities for those with disabilities
San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to living with disabilities, does the world view the glass as half empty or half full? A nonprofit group founded by a California high school student is working to take the optimistic approach to living a life with special needs. More

Scientists disagree on need for rewrite of autism definition
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The author of a study that could result in a change to the definition of autism, one that could exclude many people from being diagnosed as autistic, now says more study is needed before the definition is adjusted. In a recent piece for New Scientist magazine, Dr. Fred Volkmar of Yale University explains that the current definition of autism was based on a study he did in 1994. More

Tracking, stopping bullying a daunting task
The Associated Press via WFTV-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bullying in school is hardly a new problem, but in many cases today, it doesn't look like it once did. It's gone high-tech, enabling children to target one another through Facebook, Twitter, email, instant messaging and text messaging, in addition to face to face. In the process, anti-bullying has become a national movement of sorts, with celebrities such as Lady Gaga joining the cause. Local schools universally condemn bullying and cite initiatives aimed at changing behaviors. Several have brought in speakers on the topic and are working on anti-bullying curriculum. More

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One man's mission to save struggling students
Scientific American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You could call his classroom a rescue mission. Each September, Tyson Schoeber takes under his wing 15 fourth through seventh graders that normal classrooms have left behind, defeated and too often, deflated. Ten-year-olds arrive unable to decode more than a few words without help. One eight-year-old who loved geography had trouble finding any book on the topic that he could read on his own. Another boy, a fifth grader, had a six-year-old sister who could already read far better than he could. More

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