The U.S. Senate Monday confirmed Alexa Posny, the former Kansas education commissioner, for the role of assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. President Obama nominated Posny to the key federal post back in July. The job will mark a return to Washington for Posny. She served as director of the Education Department's office of special education in 2006-07. She has been the Kansas commissioner of education since June 2007. Updated:The confirmation was good news for special education advocates. "She understands special education research, policy and practice and she will be a proactive informed leader to the ...


About one in every 100 U.S. children has a condition on the autism spectrum, which is a higher rate than previous government estimates, according to an Oct. 5 article in the journal Pediatrics. Increased awareness about autism and better diagnostic methods may help explain this increase, the article says. A previous, 2007 estimate put the rate at one in 150 children. The new numbers stem from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, which was based on a telephone survey examining 78,037 children ages 3 to 17. Parents reported autism spectrum disorders in about 110 per 10,000 ...


A new study of prekindergartners found that gathering information on children's skills and providing targeted interventions to those who need supports to learn, is a successful strategy that teachers could accurately implement. The study is the first to look at a new approach to teaching pre-K students, called "Recognition & Response," which is based on Response to Intervention methods, said researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers found that a target group of students who received language and literacy interventions made greater gains than their classmates at skills including: letter ...


The financially strained district may be forced to hire possibly hundreds of special education teachers in order to comply with a union contract,


A video made for an event designed to mobilize worldwide activism and help raise money for autism research, services, and awareness has ended up sparking controversy within the autism community. "I Am Autism," a powerful video by Academy Award-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón and Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Billy Mann, both fathers of children with autism, was screened on Sept. 22 at Autism Speaks' Second Annual United Nations World Focus on Autism. It starts out with a horror-movie-style soundtrack. Then the narrator speaks as the voice of "autism." Here are a few lines spoken by the autism voice: -"I am visible ...


The policy states that such measures should only be used as a last resort, when someone is in danger.


The National Center for Learning Disabilities is aiming for a one-stop place for parents to get information.


The former New York City police officer is traveling the country speaking to educators.


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A documentary that explores the social and educational benefits and challenges of including children with disabilities in the regular classroom will be shown on PBS World on Oct. 9. The filmmaker Dan Habib tells the story of his family’s quest to have his youngest son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, included at school and in daily life. The movie, Including Samuel, also features the stories of other families, educators, young people, parents, and disability rights experts. The film focuses on their experiences, hopes, struggles, fears, and triumphs with inclusive classrooms. The movie may sound familiar. For the last few ...


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