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Census: More than 1 in 4 with disabilities living in poverty
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As the number of Americans living in poverty soars, people with disabilities are faring among the worst, new Census data shows. Nearly 28 percent of those with disabilities ages 18 to 64 were in poverty in 2010, according to statistics released this week from the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, the poverty rate for their peers in the general population reached 12.5 percent. More

Breaking down barriers: Prevalence of disabilities grows worldwide
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The actual situations of people with disabilities around the world are fully documented in the newly released World Report on Disability. The report, with its mission of assembling the best scientific evidence available on the subject, is a joint effort of the World Health Organization and the World Bank. More

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Register for 49th Annual International Conference, peruse session information
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LDA's 49th Annual International Conference will be Feb. 22-25, 2011, in Chicago. You may now view the complete conference book with detailed session information on our website. Registration is now open online as well.

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Arizona approves 'empowerment' accounts in school voucher program for students with special needs
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The Arizona Department of Education approved 75 "empowerment savings accounts" for students with disabilities to attend private schools this fall. The accounts total just over $1 million. The state Legislature created the voucher-like program in the spring. Applicants had to be students who qualify for special education services in areas such as autism, language delays or visual impairment, and who have attended a public school in the previous school year for at least 100 days. More

Ohio college uses music to teach students with special needs
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Area students with special needs are being targeted for help through a new initiative launched in conjunction with the Students Motivated by the Arts program at Youngstown State University in Youngstown,Ohio. The Smarts Rhythmic Arts Project aims to teach life skills and academic concepts such as numbers, colors, shapes and even concepts such as left and right for students in grades K-12 with cognitive and developmental disabilities. More

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Friends in Training teaches special needs youth real-life skills
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Special needs students at North Miami Beach Senior High School get more than an education — they get real job skills. The Miami school's program, Friends in Training, assigns each student a job at one of its on-campus stores: coffee shop, second-hand clothing store, greenhouse and beaded jewelry station. The goal is to make students with disabilities become more independent, said Veronica Martin, program’s teacher and founder. More

Stanford study furthers understanding of reading disorders
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Researchers from Stanford University explored whether a specific ventral occipital-temporal region, the visual word form area, learns to see only these words or recognizes words independent of the specific shape-defining visual features. This blog post highlights their findings. More

Tougher grad requirements challenge special ed students
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Michigan students face some of the country's strictest graduation requirements. For special education students, the road to a diploma is even harder. Under the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the federal No Child Left Behind Act, special education students are required, with few exceptions, to meet the same minimums as general education students to obtain a diploma. More

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Colorado center helps special needs children learn to deal with bullying
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Sixty-six special needs children at Zach's Place in Colorado Springs,Colo., are learning how to deflect bullying and recognize dangerous situations. Being bullied at school and elsewhere is a huge problem for special needs children, explained Jan Isaacs Henry, executive director of Kidpower of Colorado Springs. The organization trained staff members at Zach's Place, who are in turn teaching their students how to cope. More

Actor Henry Winkler receives high honor from Queen of England
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Actor Henry Winkler has been appointed an honorary Order of the British Empire at the British embassy in Washington,D.C. The actor-turned-children's author, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, said he was "overwhelmed" to have his work recognized. More

Parents adopt 12 children with physical and behavioral special needs
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Adopting a child with special needs can be a tough decision for any parent. But for Tom and Gloria Costello of Bayshore,N.Y., it's become second nature. The couple had four children when a cancer scare turned their lives around, and inspired the adoption of their first baby with special needs. Just one more baby, they thought. That was 16 years and 11 children ago. The Costellos discuss their life-changing decision to adopt 12 children with special needs, and their daily challenges. More

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