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Deborah Lynam, a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, seen with her son Hudson, 11, at their home in Haddon Heights, N.J., has helped build the parent-driven advocacy group into a 50-state movement that presses its concerns nationally.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns

Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers. (December 7, 2015)

Spotlight on Special Education and the Common Core

In this Spotlight, take a look at how alternative assessments align to the common core, see how testing accommodations differ between consortia, and examine how a results-driven accountability system is giving new life to instruction.

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06/24 04:00 pm | National Center for Learning Disabilities Announces New President | Mimi Clarke Corcoran will become president of the disability advocacy organization in July, replacing James H. Wendorf.

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The ACLU has filed suit against the Kentucky school resource officer who shackled two young students with disabilities.
August 19, 2015 – Education Week
August 5, 2015 – Education Week
Poorly implemented co-teaching practices may be taking the "special" out of special education, say many who train teachers and districts in collaboration.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week
This map includes state-by-state graduation rate data, as well as state graduation rates for historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups.
June 5, 2015 – Education Week
At Gallaudet University, Gideon Firl is hoping he can continue to receive some of the same social and academic supports he received at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
At the school serving students with emotional disturbances or autism, Christopher Lineman is working on the skills he needs to succeed at a job and extend his education.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
High school senior Gloria Clark knew she could succeed in college, but she had a harder time persuading university admissions officials to let her try.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
The students with special needs who find the most success in college or the workplace are often those who were taught to stand up for themselves.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
But it's challenging for many students with disabilities and their families to locate real jobs where the youths can work alongside other employees and earn competitive wages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
Despite federal efforts to bring uniformity to high school graduation calculations, states are inconsistent in setting diploma requirements for special education students.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week

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