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October 30, 2013

Students With Disabilities and the Common Core: Challenges, Opportunities

A recent special report from Education Week explores the common core from the perspective of students with specific educational needs.

December 07, 2012

Advocates for the Blind Plan Protest of Amazon's Kindle

The National Federation of the Blind protests Amazon's "massive effort" to sell Kindle e-readers and books in schools because of inaccessibility for the visually impaired.

October 12, 2012

'Google' Ruling on Digitizing Books a Boon for Blind Readers

In the ruling, Judge Harold Baer specifically cited the benefits that digital content has for people with print disabilities. Meanwhile, Netflix agreed to provide closed captioning on 100 percent of its streaming content within two years.

October 09, 2012

New Center: Concerns About Online Options for Special Ed. Students

Parent complaints, teacher training, and accessibility are among the worries of the new Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities.

October 03, 2012

New Center Established to Develop Effective Special Educators

The $25 million federal grant used to establish the center is one of many the federal Education Department has announced in recent weeks that involve special education.

September 26, 2012

High-Tech Tools Developed to Detect, Study Autism

One system uses glasses to track where children look and facial-analysis software to identify when a child makes eye contact, and the other uses sensors to detect and classify whether certain behaviors are aggressive, self-injurious, or disruptive.

August 22, 2012

Talk Therapy an Option for Those Using Assistive Technology to Speak

Psychologist Amy Szarkowski figured out provide therapy to work with clients who use communication devices to replace their own voices.

August 20, 2012

Bookshare Plans to Make Graphics, Math in Books More Accessible

The California nonprofit just won a $32 million grant to expand its collection of audio books—which students can read along with on a computer—and work on the more difficult issue of translating pictures and graphics for students with visual impairments.

June 07, 2012

Oregon Braille Testing Prompted in Part by Complaint

The state's goal was to ultimately include all students in the online adaptive testing system. The complaint nudged the education department to get to that goal more quickly.

September 13, 2011

Technology Has Changed the Teaching of Deaf Students

Wider use of cochlear implants has reshaped the teaching of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, but the training of teachers hasn't necessarily evolved along with the technology.

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