March 2012 Archives

New Estimates Find 1 in 88 U.S. Children Has Autism

The estimates, based on 2008 data from 14 communities, range from 1 in 210 children in Alabama having ASD to 1 in 47 children in Utah. And autism spectrum disorders are about five times more common in boys than girls.

Study Charts Dramatic Growth in ADHD Diagnoses Over Last 10 Years

In 10 years, the ADHD diagnosis has risen 66 percent, researchers found, and over this time, more specialists, instead of primary-care physicians, have begun treating an increasing number of these young patients, researchers found.

Oklahoma's Special Education Vouchers Ruled Unconstitutional

District Judge Rebecca Nightingale agreed with the school districts who sued that the law violates a constitutional prohibition of public money being used directly or indirectly for any sectarian institution.

Children With Autism More Likely to be Bullied

Researchers found that 63 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point in their lives, three times as much as their brothers and sisters who don't have the disorders.

Advocates Press Congress to Act on Restraints, Seclusion

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities says a recent report by the American Association of School Administrators is flawed and gives a false picture of how school employees handle the restraint and seclusion of students.

Scientists Disagree on Need for Rewrite of Autism Definition

The author of the study that is the basis for a proposed change to the way autism is defined, a change that could leave some people without an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, wrote recently that more studies should be done before the definition is change.

Report on Necessity of Restraints, Seclusion 'Reckless,' Advocates Say

Too often, the disability advocacy group TASH says, these strategies are used to discipline students, not keep them or school employees safe.

New Research Projects Explore Ways to Improve Special Education

One will explore school readiness for children with fetal alcohol disorders. Another will use math-tutoring software for students with visual impairments.

Feds Share Largest Collection of Student Restraint, Seclusion Data

Nearly 40,000 students were physically restrained during the 2009-10 school year--and 70 percent of the cases involved students with disabilities

Civil Rights Data Offer Count of Section 504 Students

It's been difficult to determine how many students have these plans.

Vouchers Are Ideal or Unneeded, Parents of Special Needs Children Say

Private school vouchers are a life-saving option, or an unnecessary one, parents of children with disabilities say. And just because vouchers are available doesn't mean you should use them, they add.

Feds Pledge to Focus More on Quality of Special Education

The U.S. Department of Education said it is revamping the way it rates states to better address the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers.

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