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Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students

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colleges and universities with programs for learning disabled students.
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4 ways to advocate for your LD child under Common Core

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LD expert Ben Foss on what parents need to know to prepare for the new education standards.


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Lisa Frankel's curator insight, April 1, 5:16 AM

Words of wisdom from Ben Foss, author of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan!

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How Reading a Novel Can Improve the Brain - ABC News

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ABC News How Reading a Novel Can Improve the Brain ABC News Scientists are using some of their most sophisticated tools to peer inside the human brain to see what happens when we engage in the process of reading, and they are finding a number of...
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Would like to see this study repeated after Dyslexics read the same book with Audio support

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Text Synched With Audiobooks Improves Reading - North American Press Syndicate

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Text Synched With Audiobooks Improves Reading
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Notre Dame College alumna commits $200000 to aid students with learning ... - Crain's Cleveland Business

Notre Dame College alumna commits $200000 to aid students with learning ...
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... disabilities. By TIMOTHY MAGAW 10:35 am, December 30, 2013.
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Ad Campaign Uses Famous Figures to Put a Face on a Problem: Twice Exceptional Students

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A campaign to highlight the potential of children with learning difficulties uses famous achievers from history who are believed to have had some of the same problems.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, December 12, 2013 2:32 PM

Congratulations to our collegues at the  Bridges Academy in LA! -Lou

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"As a campaign for a school for students in grades 5 through 12 seeks to encourage parents to enroll their children, it also has a larger purpose: helping to change perceptions about students who are described with terms like learning disabilities, learning differences, special needs and special education.

 

The campaign is for Bridges Academy, in the Studio City section of Los Angeles, which calls itself a school for the twice exceptional, or 2e — that is, students with high abilities who are judged to be talented, gifted or highly gifted and also dealing with conditions like dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, Asperger syndrome, dysgraphia and problems in processing audio or visual information.

The campaign presents famous achievers from history — like Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo, Wolfgang Mozart and George Washington — who are identified as “believed to have been twice exceptional, or 2e.”

“At Bridges Academy, we are completely devoted to the social, emotional, intellectual, academic and creative growth of our 2e students,” the ads declare. “After all, we could be teaching this generation’s Leonardo da Vinci” (or Darwin, or Emerson, and so forth).

 

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Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students

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colleges and universities with programs for learning disabled students.
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NCLD Asks: How Much Do You Know About Dyslexia?

Our team at the National Center for Learning Disabilities visited Madison Square Park in New York City to separate fact from fiction when it comes to LD.

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Great video NCLD, what a terrific way to start raise awareness!

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Special Report: Class Struggle - How charter schools get students they want

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(Reuters) - Getting in can be grueling.Students may be asked to submit a 15-page typed research paper, an original short story, or a handwritten essay on the historical figure they would most like to (RT @Progress2day: #ScamALERT: How charter schools...
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3 charter schools apply to open in city next fall - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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3 charter schools apply to open in city next fall Pittsburgh Post Gazette In a district already expecting to spend $54.9 million on charter schools in 2014, Pittsburgh Public Schools has received applications from three new charter schools for next...
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One of the three is a school for dyslexia!

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Listening, Literacy and the Common Core: How Audio Books Improve Reading Ability

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SPONSORED BY: Tales2Go and School Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT
Register now!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:06 AM

If you're interested in making a case for audio books in your library media center, this looks like a worthy webinar to access.

Monique Reyna's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:40 PM

This can also be great for children with vision impairments. 

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In Texas, a Struggle to Get Schools to Identify Dyslexia, by Kate McGee, KUT News

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School districts in Texas are required to provide accommodations and services to students diagnosed with dyslexia. But getting districts to recognize a student's learning disability can sometimes prove challenging.

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This young dyslexic is speaking in Washington DC, November 13th at the dyslexia caucus event. - We just connected the dots.

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Dyslexia Today's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:22 PM

Wow, check out those statistics...where is child find?

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Reading scores see wide variation - Greensboro News & Record

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Reading scores see wide variation
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GREENSBORO — On average, about one in eight third-graders passed state reading tests last year in the five Guilford County elementary schools with the lowest proficiency, data show.
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The article states that summer interventions are offered the year prior to 3rd and then the summer after 3rd or retained. This is way to late for targeted interventions like this. This fire of urgency should be happening K-1st. If by third kids are still lagging, the schools should loose the right to educate these kids and parents should seek private placement.

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Strategic Reading: What the Mind Needs to Do to Read Nonfiction

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By Nancy Akhavan

 

Many children are not strategic readers of nonfiction text; they dive into reading nonfiction the same way they approach a story or a novel. But if students are to become literate readers in a world filled with an abundance of information, they need to be good readers and strategic readers. Strategic readers

establish goals for reading;select reading strategies appropriate for the text they are reading;monitor their reading to determine if they are comprehending or not; andhave a positive attitude toward reading.
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A good overview of what reading instruction really is, it is not about decoding text. When people argue that text to speech is not reading, we at Dyslexia Today argue that for a dyslexic it is all about getting to what this article is about. Learning about different types of text and how to handle each one.

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Making Accessible Instructional Materials Understandable

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AIM, NIMAS, NIMAC, Bookshare - webinar on Making #Accessible Instructional Materials Understandable #A11y http://t.co/cnUbuK95FX
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Kurzweil 3000-firefly Named To "Readers' Choice Top 100 Products" List By ... - Sacramento Bee

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Kurzweil 3000-firefly Named To "Readers' Choice Top 100 Products" List By ...
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Another great option for reading with audio support, Kurzweil adds the benefit of scaning teacher created documents, this adds to more imediate access to all instructionl materials.

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Udio: A Technology-Rich Literacy Experience for Students with Reading Disabilities

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With 1:1 computing initiatives occuring in school districts across the country, never before have students had such universal access to information. Pedagogical innovations like "blended learning" an

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"Just Right reading?" Hoping we don't go back to equating reading level with intellegence or ability to comprehend AKA aptitude here...Text to Speech is really the key technology to allow Dyslexics the chance to comprehend the text. TTS is a footnote of this initiative, not sure what to make of this investment?

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Teach for America falls short in special education | Idaho Education ...

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Indeed, there is good reason for Duncan to acknowledge that despite achieving such incredible victories for special education students our nation still has many hurdles to overcome with educating students with special needs ...
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Interesting perspective on Teach for America and who is truly qualified to teach the array of special education students.

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What Happened to No Child Left Behind? - TakePart

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What Happened to No Child Left Behind?
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“State waivers from the U.S. Department of Education are an inadequate substitute for a reauthorized ESEA that is already seven years overdue,” the advocacy groups wrote.
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On Text Complexity and Reading: Part 1, The Five Plagues of the Developing Reader - , By Doug Lemov @vdiffenbacher

On Text Complexity and Reading: Part 1, The Five Plagues of the Developing Reader - , By Doug Lemov @vdiffenbacher | Dyslexia Today-Learn-Share-Inform | Scoop.it
Getting past Lexiles in measuring complex text

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Really Good Job Disecting Text Complexity! We hope Dyslexic's will use Assistive Technology to really get into some good books and leave their disability behind for a while!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 22, 2013 8:28 AM

Just subscribed to this newsletter after hearing about it from our Lower School/ Associate Head Vanessa Diffenbacher. THe graphs illustrate the importance of thoughtful selection and analysis of texts to support reading development.  Check it out!--Lou

 

 

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"....Archaic Language—The vocabulary, usage, syntax and context for cultural reference of texts over 50 or 100 years old are vastly different and typically more complex than texts written today. Students need to be exposed to and develop proficiency with antiquated forms of expression to be able to hope to read James Madison, Frederick Douglas and Edmund Spenser when they get to college.

 

Here for example are the first lines of Great Expectations: My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”

The sentences are short and simple, the words simple. On a Lexile scale this passage would score low, but the stylistic differences in a text of this vintage make it daunting to most students to say the least. And they must learn not to be intimidated by older discourse.

 

Non-Linear Time Sequences: In passages written exclusively for students—or more specifically for student assessments—time tends to unfold with consistency. A story is narrated in a given style with a given cadence and that cadence endures and remains consistent, but in the best books, books where every aspect of the narration is nuanced to create an exact image, time moves in fits and start. It doubles back.  To Kill a Mockingbird, for example, is written from Scout’s perspective as she looks back at events from her childhood that happened when she was about 9. But some of her memories are of memories that happened earlier or later. Or that happened repeatedly during her childhood.  The narrative shifts seamlessly from “One day Atticus was,” to “Atticus often did” without calling this shift to the reader’s attention. To understand the book you have to catch these subtle shifts. The only way to master such books is to have read them time and again and to be carefully introduced to them by a thoughtful teacher or parent.

 

Misleading/Narratively Complex—Books are sometimes narrated by an unreliable narrator- Scout, for example, who doesn’t understand and misperceives some of what happened to her. Or the narrator in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” who is a madman out of touch with reality.  Other books have multiple narrators such as Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.  Others have non-human narrators such as the horse that tells the story in Black Beauty.  Some books have multiple intertwined and apparently (for a time) unrelated plot lines. These are far harder to read than books with a single plot line and students need to experience these as well. They define rigor at least as much as Lexiles though Lexiles clearly don’t contemplate them.

So too Figurative/Symbolic Text which, like Animal Farm or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron” happen on an allegorical or symbolic level. Not reflected in Lexiles; critical forms of text complexity that students must experience.

Finally there are Resistant Texts—texts written to deliberately resist easy meaning-making by readers.  Perhaps half of the poems ever written fall into this category.  You have to assemble meaning around nuances, hints, uncertainties and clues.  So too a book like Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Anyway, we’ve taken to using these “Five Plagues” as markers of text complexity and to explicitly ask our teachers to expose students to books that feature them to ensure the rigor of their reading and their preparedness for college.  In my next post I’ll provide more explicit --examples from To Kill a Mockingbird that show how subtle pervasive and important the factors can be....." By Doug Lemov

 

- See more at: http://teachlikeachampion.com/blog/on-text-complexity-and-reading-part-1-the-five-plagues-of-the-developing-reader/#sthash.RcgvYusw.dpuf

 

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Special education now on Sacramento's radar; task force to take ...

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Special education, a multi-billion-dollar operation long viewed in Sacramento as too big and confounding to reform, may finally grab policymakers' attention. Three state education agencies announced Thursday the creation ...
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Google Text-to-Speech Updated - Now in Google Play - The Digital ...

lately been releasing more and more core Android components as stand alone apps, and today Text-to-Speech joined the crowd. Hands off readers, rejoice. This rather robotic sounding voice has been part of Android since ...
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Ok let's give it a try.

 

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Malloy honored in DC for overcoming learning disability - The Connecticut Mirror

Malloy honored in DC for overcoming learning disability
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The Movement

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#FF 2 more states have joined the #DecodingDyslexia #movement: #Kentucky & #Michigan #dyslexia http://t.co/GWhNlAhwcf


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Bold. Beautiful. Dyslexic. Art. | Headstrong Nation

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RT @HawaiiDyslexia: Bold. Beautiful. Dyslexic. Art. http://t.co/jN1oyaJBhc
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Dyslexia Today's curator insight, October 30, 2013 4:29 PM

Another amazing mind!

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Ohio Online Charter School Failed to Follow Laws on Educating Students with ... - StateImpact Ohio

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Ohio Online Charter School Failed to Follow Laws on Educating Students with ...
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An Ohio online charter school was cited by the U.S.
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A step in the right direction for the DOE, now lets go further and tackle this problem in public education it is widespread.

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