August 2011 Archives

Entering a Special Reality

While the school year hasn't quite started for thousands of students, many are in the throes of the school year. Some of the teachers and staff that work with students with disabilities will be learning along with their students, or already are.


More English-language Learners, More ELLs with Disabilities?

How should schools work with a potentially growing number of students learning English who also have a disability?


Online, Virtual Classes Expand for Students With Disabilities

Read a special report about how online and virtual classes are growing and changing to work with disabilities.


New Chief Named to Run Special Education Research Center

A former special education teacher with years of experience at the university level will take over as head of the National Center for Special Education Research.


Nearly 1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD

The findings suggest increased awareness, outreach groups, and improvements in health care may be encouraging more low-income parents to have their children diagnosed.


Survey of School, District Workers Shows Wider Use of RTI

In a survey of nearly 1,400 school- and district-level workers, 68 percent said they are either in full implementation or in the process of districtwide implementation.


New Proposal Emerges to Boost Special Education Spending

A Colorado congressman is proposing cuts to defense spending to increase federal spending on students with disabilities.


Grants for a Mouse, Morphemes, and Mobile Dictionaries

A computer mouse for the foot? A system that keeps a wheelchair user from getting into an accident? A mobile signing math dictionaries with mouth morphemes? These futuristic-sounding creations are now closer to reality.


S.C.'s Penalty for Cutting Special Ed. Spending Delayed

The delay raises questions about whether such penalties for states that cut education spending without federal approval are meaningful.


Grants Awarded to Centers for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Centers that help parents of children with disabilities learn how to advocate for their children and navigate the educational system won more than $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education to keep their work going.


Student With Disability Eligible for School, but Not Sports

A North Carolina high school student who has Down syndrome is 19, which is too old to play on the school football team, according to state rules. But Brett Bowden can attend school until his 22nd birthday.


Students With Disabilities, Health Issues Bullied More Often

Students with disabilities or health problems are more likely to be the target of bullies than their classmates, according to a new study, but they were also slightly more likely to have attacked someone else at school or tell someone they would hurt them


Review of IDEA Shows More Use of Response to Intervention

A new study evaluates many ways in which the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is working, and not. The study finds that more schools are using response to intervention, but fewer schools are able to address parents' complaints.


'Serving All Kids, No Exceptions'

By combining response to intervention and positive behavioral interventions and supports and destroying any opportunity for a student with disabilities to be segregated from other students, along with a host of other measures, a University of Kansas professor says all students can benefit, and achieve.


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