Technology is not providing equal access to college students with disabilities

by Kyle Shachmut – It is well documented that students with disabilities are facing barriers in their pursuit of higher education, and institutions are having a difficult time fulfilling their legal obligation to ensure equal access. So it was surprising last month when the American Council on Education, in a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin […]

Is Common Core a new obstacle for students with disabilities?

New York State adopted Common Core in 2010 to the chagrin of many who protested the rollout of the tougher standards but what some people may not know is that those tougher standards apply to students with special needs too. A special education advisory on the New York State Education Department website attributed to James […]

Teens with autism organize fundraising race

Nick Smith’s hopes are as big as his smile. Huge. Infectious. The Chebanse teen isn’t defined by his autism, he says. Instead, what stands out is his generosity and selflessness toward finding a cure for the neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 68 children by age 8. The first-ever “Colors on the Run,” […]

White matter scans could help in diagnosing dyslexia

A study published online in the journal Psychological Science revealed that white matter in the brain is crucial for development of reading skills in early childhood stage, suggesting the possibility of using it as a tool to detect learning disabilities like dyslexia. For the study, researchers involved 38 kindergarteners and examined their brain with the […]

Physical activity in school improves academic performance for students with ADHD

by Michigan State University – A new study shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help reduce the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness, and difficulty getting along with others. “Early studies suggest that physical activity can have a positive effect on […]

Teenager with dyslexia named finalist in building competition

by Caroline Jones – A teenager with dyslexia who has used the internet to promote his passion for construction and design has been named as a finalist in a national competition. Luke Clarke is among five teenagers in line for the Young Builder of the Year title, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony […]

Mind with ADHD may be “immature” in terms of brain wiring

by Lindsey Bever – Many children and teenagers with ADHD may find it difficult to turn in homework — they get too distracted to complete it, they lose the pens and pencils needed to do it. Their daydreams constantly interrupt their thoughts. They re-read the same sentences several times because they can’t seem to stay […]

Proposed legislation may help parents with special ed due process costs

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa

by Michelle Diament – A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child’s school district. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing new legislation that would ensure parents who successfully challenge a school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can recoup […]

Debating the Common Core state standards

by Valerie Strauss – Embrace the Common Core State Standards? Do not embrace the Common Core? That was the question in New York when four people — two for embracing and two against — participated in a recent debate about the controversial initiative. The  event was sponsored by an organization called Intelligence Squared U.S., which […]

Medications alone is not a successful ADHD treatment

by Maureen Salamon – Combining two medications with parent training appears to improve anger, irritability and violent tendencies in children whose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coupled with severe aggression, a new study suggests. “Augmented” therapy that consists of stimulant and antipsychotic drugs, along with parent training in behavioral management techniques, was rated more effective by […]