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After graduating from the Maryland School for the Deaf this year, Gideon Firl plans to enroll at Gallaudet University, where he can continue to receive many of the same social and academic supports.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Md. Senior Chooses University Famed for Serving the Deaf

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. (May 29, 2015)

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07/29 05:10 pm | Autism Treatment Should Include All Needed Therapies, Says Ed. Dept. | School districts must evaluate children with autism to see if they need speech and language, occupational, or other therapies, in addition to behavior-focused treatments.

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09/04 07:12 am | Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted | Tamara Fisher interviews three experts about the individual and societal impacts of medical misdiagnosis of gifted youth.

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This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.

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Why should students have to fail before they are given the basic accommodation of extra time, asks one teacher.
October 30, 2012 - Teacher (Web)
Should healthy students have access to the growing variety of chemicals that can boost attention, memory, concentration, and other abilities related to academic performance?
October 19, 2012 | Updated: June 24, 2015 - Education Week
Leaders of a new center designed to expand students with disabilities' access to online courses have expressed concerns about those students' participation in e-learning.
October 16, 2012 - Education Week
Advocates for students with learning disabilities see benefits in adaptive approach, but are watching closely to make sure the assessments are structured appropriately.
October 15, 2012 - Digital Directions
An overhaul of Pennsylvania's special-education funding system is on hold this fall, awaiting agreement on proposed charter law changes, according to the chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee.
September 28, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
The difficulty of disentangling disabilities and language problems has spurred a new federal study that will explore how districts identify English-learners for special education.
August 28, 2012 - Education Week
Officials are balking at penalizing states for excluding high percentages of those students from the exams.
August 21, 2012 - Education Week
August 20, 2012 - Education Week
In annual state ratings, the Education Department has given a "needs intervention" to the District of Columbia six years in a row.
August 3, 2012 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has evaluated states since the 2005-06 school year based on their ability to meet certain "measurable and rigorous targets" related to educating students with disabilities. This map shows the most current rating for each state’s performance under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
August 1, 2012 - Education Week (Web)

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