Kids with learning disabilities do not struggle for lack of effort

by Rifka Schonfeld – She has trouble reading. He can’t write in a straight line. She doesn’t focus unless she can see the person speaking to her. He can’t remember something if it’s not written down. She can’t add. He can’t follow directions. All of the above describe symptoms of children who suffer from language-based […]

Understanding learning disability basics

by Nilooka Dissanayake – Today let’s talk about learning disabilities. The first person that comes to my mind when thinking of learning disabilities is Richard Branson of Virgin Group, with over 400 companies. “I left school when I was 16 years old,” says Branson, “Partly because of my dyslexia, I couldn’t always follow what was […]

Coping with a son’s mental illness

by Jessica Firger and Eliene Augenbraun – It was Dec. 14, 2012, and Liza Long headed to work at Carrington College-Boise. It was just another Friday morning until Long, the mother of four children, logged on to Facebook, where news of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was just beginning […]

Intellectual versus learning disability

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by Dr. Lorin Bradbury – Question: Is Intellectual Disability a Learning Disability? And if it’s not a Learning Disability, what is the difference? Great question! Intellectual Disability, until recently was called Mental Retardation, and it is not a Learning Disability. Intellectual Disability is a neurodevelopmental disorder and in which there is subaverage intellectual functioning that […]

When you’re dealing with a disability you need to be ahead of the game

When Denise Rose thinks about her son, Andrew, graduating in two more years she gets very emotional. “I expect it to be one of my proudest moments as well as one of my most nerve-wracking.” That’s because Andrew, who is autistic, currently receives most of his therapies and resources through the Saugerties Central School District. […]

How double-abled kids are falling through the cracks

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by Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. – The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that “students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students.” […]

A dyslexia center that takes on the tough blends

by Chris Rosenblum – Tucked into a tiny room, David Klein works with the concentration of a cryptologist. David, 11, is indeed deciphering a mysterious code — the English language. On a Thursday evening, he’s having a lesson at the Children’s Dyslexia Center, a private, nonprofit school in Ferguson Township that helps children with dyslexia […]

How to tailor accommodations for test-takers with learning disabilities

Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities

by Joie Jager-Hyman – Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and many others. While history has certainly proven that individuals with learning disabilities […]

Evaluating and acting on unconventional special education situations

by Michelle Caffrey – Dina Ronsayro knew something was off. It started in kindergarten when her son, Saul, never colored or drew. He knew his letters but wouldn’t write them in class. When his teacher asked him to draw a picture of something at the ocean, he simply colored the entire page blue. “It’s the […]

Ads Use Famous Figures to Put a Face on a Problem

by Stuart Elliott As a campaign for a school for students in grades 5 through 12 seeks to encourage parents to enroll their children, it also has a larger purpose: helping to change perceptions about students who are described with terms like learning disabilities, learning differences, special needs and special education. The campaign is for […]