As a teen with ADHD I chose to embrace my disorder

by Grace Friedman – When you are a teen, being different can be awful. As a teen with ADHD, I know this first hand. By the time I was 10, I was spending twice as many hours as my classmates to complete my assignments. My home life frequently felt like a battlefield. I felt stupid. […]

Parents of special needs students file discrimination complaint

by Chris Harris – Federal officials have agreed to investigate allegations made against the school board and superintendent in a complaint filed by the parents of children receiving special education. The discrimination complaint asserts members of the Allendale school board and Superintendent Michael Barcadepone refused to help with the districtwide distribution of a survey that […]

Brain imaging could potentially aide doctors in diagnosing ADHD

by Tricia Brick – More than one in 10 American children have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a New York Times analysis of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—an estimated 6.4 million kids, or 11 percent, up from 7.8 percent a decade ago. The figure soars […]

Easing special needs students into the common core

by Amanda M. Fairbanks –  On a morning in late May, the pace was slow and deliberate as seven students formed a semicircle around their teacher to work on a lesson about finding the main idea in a story. “I have a surprise for you on my phone,” said Nicole Papa, before starting an audio […]

Special ed students gain confidence at transition camp

by Sarah J. Pawlowski – Michéle Woods Jones struggled with dyslexia when she was a little girl. The executive director of Hampton’s Citizens’ Unity Commission shared her story with about a dozen seventh-and eighth-graders at Eaton Middle School in Hampton Wednesday morning. Jones told the students that despite the learning disorder, which made it difficult […]

Parents must be ready every day to advocate for their children

by Dan Morse - Adult twins with autism locked in a barren basement room every night. No lights. No bed. Their parents charged with abuse. The criminal allegations against Janice and John Land that erupted last week in Montgomery County have captured the attention of many — but no group more so than other parents who are caring for […]

The nation’s largest district battles to deny private school placements

Dylan Randall, who died just after he had just been cleared to attend a private school.

By Al Baker – Dylan B. Randall could not speak or stand. He never tasted food because he was fed through a gastric tube in his belly. He breathed through a ventilator; his own saliva would choke him unless a nurse cleared his throat every few minutes. It was a daily struggle to keep Dylan […]

IDEA’s funding formula really needs an update

by Clare McCann – By the time the 113th Congress winds down, lawmakers will have passed precisely one (the Workforce Investment Act) of more than half a dozen pieces of education legislation overdue for reauthorization. Languishing on that list for the last few years has been the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees […]

Appropriate behavioral interventions help with executive function

by Julie Landry Laviolette – Exercises like rock climbing, structured play sessions and even clapping along to musical beats are being used to help kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, augmenting medication with these structured sessions. About 11 percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control […]

AT supports people with dyslexia in the workplace

by Sara Webster – Dyslexia is defined as a disability in the Equality Act 2010, which means that employers must ensure that dyslexic candidates are treated fairly. Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that affects the reading and writing of 10% of the population. When recruiting it is important to know how best to handle […]