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Parents struggling to cope as ADHD cases rise

Parents struggling to cope as ADHD cases rise | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The demand for services occurs as more people are diagnosed with ADHD. Researchers say about 2 million more children and adolescents were diagnosed in 2011, compared with 2003. Experts attribute the surge to better tools to identify the disorder and recognition by pediatricians of tell-tale symptoms — risk-taking, hyperactivity and distraction — as much more than "kids being kids.""

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Maine students with disabilities more likely to be suspended; Lewiston adopting in-house suspensions | Sun Journal

Maine students with disabilities more likely to be suspended; Lewiston adopting in-house suspensions | Sun Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Students with disabilities in Maine’s largest cities are much more likely to be suspended from school than their classmates without disabilities, an education expert said this week.

Daniel Losen, director of University of California-Los Angeles’ Center for Civil Rights Remedies, said that trend follows national statistics and carries troublesome implications in terms of future dropout and incarceration rates."

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Chrome Extension Aids the Visually Impaired

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Chrome Extension Aids the Visually Impaired | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A little something for my Special Education peeps: add this extension to your Chrome browser to help out visually impaired students.

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E-Textbooks Open Up Opportunities For Special Education Students

E-Textbooks Open Up Opportunities For Special Education Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students with special needs can benefit greatly from digital textbooks, from helping the visually impaired to reducing the physical burden of paper books.
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Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports

Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights clarified legal obligations Friday for school districts in providing access to sports for students with disabilities."

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Studies Shed Light on 'Twice Exceptional' Students

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Early identification is key for students who are both gifted and learning-disabled, according to experts.
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iPod, iPad, and Android Apps for College Students: UNH Disability Services for Students

From the University of New Hampshire's Disability Services for Students, a very useful and comprehensive annotated list of note-taking and literacy adaptation apps.

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BARD App for the Blind | News Releases - Library of Congress

People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped...
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34 Assistive Technology Apps From edshelf

34 Assistive Technology Apps From edshelf | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A collection of assistive technology & software that can be used for students with disabilities, such as Dragon Dictation, iTalk, Moody Me, Quizlet, etc.

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CDC Study Finds Autisms Affects 1 in 50 | Education News

CDC Study Finds Autisms Affects 1 in 50 | Education News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This study doesn't necessarily mean that we have more autistic kids than ever before, just that we are better at diagnosing them. The study I'd like to see is how many educators know how to work with autistic kids.

 

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An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

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The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter, in response to a tweet she wrote on October 22.  

I usually try to stay away from politics here and they are not my motivation for sharing this piece.  I just think this man's letter is stunning and he is a great role model, especially, but certainly not exclusively, for your students with special needs.

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