Learning Disabilities

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Classroom Technology We Love Virtual Learning: Students, Parents Explain Why
For a small number of students, the COVID-19 cloud has a thick silver lining.
Alyson Klein, January 6, 2021
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Special Education Flint's Special Education Students Win Support, Compensation in Landmark Settlement
A small portion of a $600 million settlement will be used to improve services and supports for children impacted by the city's water crisis.
Corey Mitchell, August 20, 2020
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Student Well-Being Remote Learning and Special Education Students: How Eight Families Are Adapting (Video)
When it comes to parenting students with learning differences, every family's experience is unique. And that reality has never been more true than it is now as millions of students are out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bridget Fetsko, June 10, 2020
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Special Education Virtual IEP Meetings: A 6-Step Guide for Parents and Teachers
A new resource offers tips on how to keep Individualized Education Program meetings focused and on-schedule.
Corey Mitchell, May 29, 2020
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Curriculum How to Teach Math to Students With Disabilities, English-Language Learners
Experts recommend emphasizing language skills, avoiding assumptions about ability based on broad student labels, and focusing on students’ strengths rather than their weaknesses.
Corey Mitchell, May 5, 2020
7 min read
Student Well-Being Autism Amid Uncertainty: Expert Advice for Parents and Teachers
A leading autism researcher and former special education teacher offers advice to help students cope with the abrupt changes brought on by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Corey Mitchell, April 22, 2020
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Special Education Just in Time: a Resource Hub on Remote Learning for Special Education Students
Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched a new resource hub and online network designed to help special educators during the coronavirus crisis.
Corey Mitchell, April 8, 2020
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Special Education Does Special Education Work for Students With Learning Disabilities?
The answer is yes, especially for students who enter special education before middle school, find the authors of a recent report.
Corey Mitchell, November 6, 2019
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Parent advocate Maxine Onstott, shown cuddling with her son Maximilliano, 6, said many families are having a hard time getting help for their children’s disabilities in the wake of the water crisis.
Parent advocate Maxine Onstott, shown cuddling with her son Maximilliano, 6, said many families are having a hard time getting help for their children’s disabilities in the wake of the water crisis.
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Special Education In Flint, Schools Overwhelmed by Special Ed. Needs in Aftermath of Lead Crisis
The Flint, Mich. schools are straining to meet the special education needs of children exposed to lead from Michigan's Flint River.
Corey Mitchell, August 26, 2019
9 min read
Special Education Video Dealing With Dyslexia: One Family’s Story
“We knew Dustin was smart, but we knew something wasn’t right.” That’s how Arkansas dad Scott Gann describes his son’s early years in elementary school. Dustin was struggling, and Gann said teachers kept telling him that his son just “needed to grow up, boys will outgrow this.” Dustin, now 15 and in high school, remembers that he would just “sit there and stare at a piece of paper for like five minutes, trying to understand.” Finally in 3rd grade, Dustin told his teacher, “You know, I can’t read.” Gann calls that moment an awakening--for both the teacher and Dustin’s parents. That summer Dustin was tested and diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it difficult to read and spell. Gann said it was an uphill battle to get Dustin the help he needed from his public school, so the family hired a private tutor and moved Dustin to a private school. “We are in a place where we can provide help--and it’s not fair for those parents who can’t provide that,” said Gann, who has turned “all the pain and lessons we learned over the years” into advocacy. He joined other Arkansas parents to push successfully for changes in state laws to define dyslexia and establish requirements for screening and intervention.
May 24, 2019
Special Education Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Dyslexia
Quiz yourself about the early signs of dyslexia in children, how educators can improve a child's reading accuracy, and other dyslexia facts.
David Rosenzweig, January 11, 2019
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Special Education Special Education a Growing Priority in Teacher-Training Circles
There’s a push to equip all teachers—not just special educators—with the tools they’ll need to work with students who have disabilities.
Madeline Will, December 4, 2018
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Special Education Are Students With 'Reading Barriers' Ready to Start the New School Year?
Benetech, which oversees a federally-funded initiative to provide accessible texts, says teachers are more likely to see their students as prepared if their technology needs are met.
Christina A. Samuels, September 19, 2018
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Special Education Tech Company Wins Ed. Dept Award to Create Accessible Books
Benetech, a Palo Alto, Calif. based software company, is embarking on is third 5-year award with the U.S. Department of Education to create books for students with print disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, November 14, 2017
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