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Special education could suffer billion-dollar automatic cut
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Across-the-board federal budget cuts could take a nearly $1 billion bite out of federal special education spending, with the bulk of that representing state grants for the education of school-age children with disabilities. More

A right to read
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"You can make the school gooder by geting people that will do the jod that is pay for get a football tame for the kinds mybe a baksball tamoe get a other jamtacher for the school." It is painful to read this statement, written by an ACLU client — a seventh-grade student. Although he attends school regularly and has not been diagnosed with any special learning disability, he reads at a first grade level but has never received any individualized reading intervention or remedial instruction. More

The Storm King School Adopts iPad
At registration this September, all students at The Storm King School in New York will receive their own iPad. Andre Green, Director of the Mountain Center, a school-within-a-school for college-bound students with language-based learning differences, said, “The iPad is great at equalizing the playing field. All our students will experience success using this tool.” For more information, go to

Text-to-speech app now features children's voices
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For the first time, children who cannot speak or who have speech impairments and use the text-to-speech app Proloquo2Go will sound a little more like how they might, if they could talk. The app, for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, allows children to tap words and icons and form sentences that the devices read aloud. More

With your eyes only ... eye writer communication technology
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new technology described in the paper published online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, might allow people who have almost completely lost the ability to move their arms or legs to communicate freely, by using their eyes to write in cursive. The eye-writing technology tricks the neuromuscular machinery into doing something that is usually impossible: to voluntarily produce smooth eye movements in arbitrary directions. More

Census: More Americans have disabilities
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As the U.S. marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, new Census data indicates that the number of people with disabilities is on the rise. In a report released recently, the federal agency found that 56.7 million people had a disability in 2010, an increase of 2.2 million since 2005. More

Self-directed learning helps some students reach goals, study suggests
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Students with cognitive and learning disabilities that were taught the fundamentals of self-determination were more likely to access mainstream curricula and achieve their academic and other goals, according to new research by a professor of special education in the College of Education. More

Reconsidering Learning: Students and Their Environment AET's 34th National Conference
October 19-21, 2012 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Washington, DC, feature speakers: Carol Kranowitz, MA, Deborah Waber, PhD, Maryanne Wolf, EdD,
3D Learner Program
We now offer Reading Plus® to further improve reading speed and comprehension. We also leverage both Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic and Talking Books. MORE

New film explores students with emotional, behavioral disabilities
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Kelsey Carroll gets mad, she says, "I don't think. I just do." Life isn't "Barbies and glitter." The reaction of one of the teachers at her high school: "I don't want that kid in my class." Kelsey's struggles with her ADHD, her anger, and graduating high school—after five years—are the subject of a new documentary, "Who Cares About Kelsey?" which was screened recently at a federal Education Department special education conference. More

Support for IEPs in Math

Engage, motivate, and build confidence in math! ALEKS offers a dedicated report that provides detailed student performance data to support the creation of IEPs, helping you to better differentiate instruction to meet your students’ unique needs. Learn more about this report and ALEKS by applying for a special, no-cost pilot.

Mice study shows overactive immune system contributes to autism
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A new study suggests that changes in an overactive immune system can contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice. The study from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) also found that, in some cases, this activation can be related to what a developing fetus experiences in the womb. More

Reading program ineffective for students with learning disabilities
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Reading Mastery was found to have no discernible effects on reading comprehension and potentially negative effects on alphabetics, reading fluency, and writing for students with learning disabilities. More

Need help with struggling readers and writers?

The MediaLexie Scribe 2012 is a unique, free-floating toolbar designed to support individuals in reading and written language activities. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text, word prediction, note-taking, and phonetic transcription tools, the MediaLexie Scribe 2012 allows students to access and use core content independently.

Updating our chemical laws after 36 years
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In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act — or TSCA — to protect our health from the increasing number of chemicals in our products and our environment. In the four decades since its passage, many laws have changed to better protect our safety, yet TSCA has not. More

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