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Cassidy, Stark to Host Dyslexia Movie Screening | Congressman Bill Cassidy M.D.

Cassidy, Stark to Host Dyslexia Movie Screening | Congressman Bill Cassidy M.D. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Pete Stark (D-CA) will host a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. This is the first major event for the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, of which Congressmen Cassidy and Stark are co-chairs.

"Dyslexia is a major learning disability which affects nearly 20% of Americans," said Congressman Cassidy. "By raising awareness of dyslexia we can change the way we educate our children and assist millions of children get on the path to success."

"My motivation in starting the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus with Rep. Bill Cassidy is both personal and professional," said Congressman Stark. "My family has learned about the disability - and the misunderstandings that surround it - through my young son's experience with dyslexia.

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For those who ever failed language classes! Vocre: Free Voice Translation app- | App Chronicles

For those who ever failed language classes! Vocre: Free Voice Translation app- | App Chronicles | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"There are a few translation apps out there that claim to get the job done when it comes to cross language communication issues. Vocre is one such app put out by the folks at mylanguage, and it’s quite impressive. With Vocre, 2 people speaking 2 completely different language."

 

NOTE: Free for a limited time.


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U.S. Lawmakers Create Caucus Devoted to Dyslexia

U.S. Lawmakers Create Caucus Devoted to Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Two members of Congress with children who have dyslexia recently created a new caucus devoted to the learning disability.

In a letter to fellow members of Congress, Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, and Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from California, note that dyslexia is the most common disability.

"All too often dyslexics are either misdiagnosed or misunderstood, and as a result their true skills and abilities go ignored," the pair wrote, noting a Government Accountability Office report released late last year that explored accommodations on standardized tests such as those required for college.

Disability experts and applicants also told us that, in some instances, they found testing companies' documentation requirements on providing a history of the disability to be unreasonable. ... For example, one applicant was asked to obtain a new evaluation of her disability even though school evaluations conducted every 3 years consistently showed that she has dyslexia. Applicants and disability experts we spoke with told us that obtaining these assessments can be cost prohibitive, and applicants reported costs for updating these assessments ranging from $500 to $9,000.
The representatives said there is much work to be done in raising awareness about dyslexia and changing policy to create opportunities and remove barriers for the success of those with dyslexia. A new movie, "The D Word," approaches dyslexia as a neurological issue, explaining that the struggle with the written word is not an indication of one's ability to think, to create, or to solve problems, and highlights successful people who have dyslexia.

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Game Designer Jordan Weisman turned a dyslexic's necessity:thinking outside the box to gaming success

Game Designer Jordan Weisman turned a dyslexic's necessity:thinking outside the box to gaming success | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

".......  From Star Trek to BattleTech, from interactive cockpits to artificial intelligence Web mystery games to Xbox®, Weisman changed the way American plays. Crescent Blues caught up with Weisman at Dragoncon 2002 just prior to the launch of the newest component of the WizKids gaming system.

I started reading Tolkien. I started reading the rule books. It was slow, and it was painful, but it was something I wanted enough that I would do it. It turned me around completely. It also inspired my imagination enormously..."

Weisman is a serial entrepreneur, who founded WizKids, produced Mech Warrior, Star Trek III,  and was a NY Times best selling author...

 

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Netflix co-founder: Reed Hastings On How To Build A $20 Billion Education Juggernaut - Forbes

Netflix co-founder: Reed Hastings On How To Build A $20 Billion Education Juggernaut - Forbes | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

A defining trait of Silicon Valley is a willingness to fail, get up, and fail again. Unlike in regions more focused on saving face than in innovative excellence, “The Valley” is true to the scientific method: if you push to get things right, you will be rewarded.

That selfless spirit of experimentation has made Netflix cofounder, and education entrepreneur, Reed Hastings, a textbook Silicon Valley success story. A former math teacher, with a satchel full of teachable moments, Hastings has learned what works at the lucrative intersection of technology and education, or Ed Tech, the focus of the Education Innovation Summit (EIS) 

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Will Gregory Launches the Mentis Foundation: From Helmand Province With Love

Will Gregory Launches the Mentis Foundation: From Helmand Province With Love | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Back from Afghanistan, New Canaan Resident Launches “Mentis Foundation”.Using his military hazard pay for seed money and benefiting from a collaboration with his family, who became experts on the topic along the way, Gregory has set up a 501(c)3 to endow scholarships and is able to accept tax deductible contributions. 

Initially partnering with four schools, Mentis recently awarded its first set of eight scholarships to two students from each of the schools: Greenwich’s Eagle Hill School, Linden Hill Middle School in Northfield, MA; The Gow School in South Wales, NY; and Landmark College in Putney, VT.

Sitting in a New Canaan coffee shop adorned with college pennants, Gregory appears to be the all-American Ivy-league type, the product of standout school system. Dressed in khakis and a polo shirt, he is punctual, polite, and handsome, and it is tempting to stereotype him. With an advanced degree from Oxford University, where he trained to be what in Britain is referred to as a 'practitioner of anthropology,' it is obvious why the 26-year-old was selected for his highly specialized assignment in Helmand.

Blessing or Disability?
What’s less obvious is Gregory’s disability, dyslexia, which isolated him in his early years, and he admits to having been called "stupid," "lazy," and even a "god-damned idiot." He explained that at six-, seven- or eight-years-old the humiliation of not being able to read really stung. Asked how he dealt with his perceived failure, he said he stayed very quiet as opposed to acting out.

Gregory’s dyslexia was addressed when his parents sent him to Linden Hill School in Massachusetts, a private middle school where teachers employ the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach involving a combination of visual (learning to associate concepts with images), auditory, and kinesthetic (learning by doing). “This had a huge impact,” said Gregory. Essentially they took us back to third grade and started over.”

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New eBook Released Helps Parents Homeschool a Child with Dyslexia

New eBook Released Helps Parents Homeschool a Child with Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Writer and homeschooling mother Kerry Jones, in collaboration with Time4Learning.com, has released a new eBook aimed at parents who are homeschooling a child with dyslexia. “Successfully Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia” comes from the 12 years of experience Jones had homeschooling her own son with dyslexia. Dyslexia, also called Developmental Reading Disorder (DRD), is a broad term covering many types of difficulties with information processing, leading to reading, writing, and spelling problems.

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Learning Analytics: The Future is Now | edtechdigest.com

Learning Analytics: The Future is Now | edtechdigest.com | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 So what do we mean by “learning analytics”? In short, it’s “the use of data and models to predict student progress and performance, and the ability to act on that information,” as defined in the Next Generation Learning Challenges (see the useful EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative brief). Learning analytics overlaps with the somewhat broader phrase “academic analytics,” which encompasses other institutional bodies of data such as enrollments, graduation rates, and institutional outcomes tracking. A combination of learning analytics and academic analytics can provide an environment where administrators, advisors, faculty, and the students themselves have the data visualization tools they need for learner success.

Learning Analytics for Students

What happens when students can see their own course participation and grade data, and anonymously compare results to others in the same course? This type of exposure to learning analytics can be a powerful motivator. Students become more aware of their activities and time on task in their courses. And having access to analytics while the course is in progress, students are able to change their behavior mid-course for better end results. While the technology is not comprehensive because some courses have more online activities than others, the balance between online and offline activities can be understood by the student despite the lack of data on the offline activities, once the student has crossed that important threshold of self-awareness.

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Brockovich to speak in Central OH - Marburn Academy 30th anniversary

Brockovich to speak in Central OH - Marburn Academy 30th  anniversary | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, the onetime file clerk for a law firm whose determined research revealed that a public utility had been poisoning a small California town's water supply for three decades and led to a record-setting $333...million legal settlement, will be the keynote speaker for Marburn Academy's 30th anniversary celebration on Friday, May 11.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. at COSI.

The school, on Walden Drive in the Northland area, provides college-preparatory education for students from all over central Ohio with learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia.

Brockovich herself is dyslexic, although the condition was not diagnosed until much later in her life than any of the young people at Marburn Academy, founded in 1981 by a group of community parents who wanted something different for their children who faced difficulty learning in traditional school settings.

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International Dyslexia Association Attempts to Break Guinness World Record in Reading |

International Dyslexia Association Attempts to Break Guinness World Record in Reading | | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Extreme Reading Relay brings together children from across the country to raise awareness and funds for dyslexia by doing what they struggle with most: reading.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has partnered with more than 25 schools around the country in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people reading a single book in a reading relay in one day.

The Extreme Reading Relay, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, is a national awareness campaign and fundraising event that will bring together more than 400 students in an attempt to break the current record of 415 people as noted on http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com. The record was set by the Prepa Tecnológico de Monterrey high school in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 23, 2011.

In this historic celebration of literacy, students will demonstrate that all struggling readers can learn to read successfully and become lifelong learners. The participants will read The Sword of Darrow, a middle grade fantasy novel co-authored by Hal Malchow and his son, Alex. When they began writing the novel in 2002, Alex, then eight years old, was struggling with a serious learning disability and could not read at all. The family contributes all royalties from the book, which is available on the IDA’s website," http://www.interdys.org.

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Lawrence School Summer Programs for children preparing to enter kindergarten: Ready, Set, Grow

Lawrence School Summer Programs for children preparing to enter kindergarten: Ready, Set, Grow | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Specially designed for students preparing to enter kindergarten, Ready, Set, Grow! will help students develop solid foundational skills for a successful kindergarten experience, including:

Fine motor skills
Listening skills
Classroom skills and competency
Phonemic awareness skills
Literacy awareness to engage and develop an interest in reading
Number sense

Students will also make new friends, enjoy plenty of play time, and develop a sense of "fun" around learning.

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‘The Next Wave of School Reform’

‘The Next Wave of School Reform’ | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
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While the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind is rather unlikely at this point, reforms around academic standards and testing are still alive—and arguably more so than a decade ago. My colleagues, Susan Headden and Bill Tucker, contribute to a special report from Washington Monthly, out today, that explores new Common Core State Standards, the assessments associated with them, and how testing may never look the same.

In “A Test Worth Teaching To,” Headden, Education Sector’s senior writer, points out that while “teaching to the test” is generally viewed as a pejorative, both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses “are essentially yearlong exercises in test prep.” So why don’t teachers and students complain about these tests? Because, she says, the tests themselves measure and advance “higher-order skills for all students.”

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Sir Jackie Stewart: 3 x Formula 1 wrld champion discovered he was dyslexic at 42. 'saved' by motor-racing

Sir Jackie Stewart: 3 x Formula 1 wrld champion discovered he was dyslexic at 42. 'saved' by motor-racing | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart has told how he feels he has been "saved" by sport despite suffering from dyslexia.
The motor-racing star said that the condition helped drive him to find success in other areas.
He joined fellow dyslexia sufferer Rangers and Scotland player Steven Naismith to raise awareness about the condition and the work of Dyslexia Scotland.
The three-times Formula 1 world champion said he discovered he was dyslexic at the age of 42.
He is president of Dyslexia Scotland and campaigns on behalf of Scots with the learning disability.
He said: "I've been a successful racing driver and in business I've made more money than I did driving a racing car, and the reason that that happens is that I was such a failure scholastically that you have to find other ways of doing things, you think out the box and you find new ways of doing business.

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Children’s Ed. Technology: Partnerships, Products & Prototypes – Post by Julie Brannon |Digital Media Diet

Children’s Ed. Technology: Partnerships, Products & Prototypes – Post by Julie Brannon |Digital Media Diet | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

People often disagree about which subjects schools should teach, but nearly everyone agrees that children must learn reading, writing and arithmetic. The United States invests considerable resources in making sure that students are learning these basic subjects, and yet schools still fall behind – especially schools with a higher percentage of lower income children.

 

In a 2010 report called Raising Readers: A Story of Success, published by PBS KIDS in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and funded by the United States Department of Education Ready to Learn grant (RTL), researchers report great success using digital media to teach children literacy skills. It also explains that during fourth grade (ages 9-10 years) schools begin to move from teaching children to “learn to read” to teaching children to “read to learn,” while focusing on additional subjects such as history and science. If children do not learn to read at grade level by this time, they are at a lifetime disadvantage. Researchers are finding that many children are not ready for fourth grade.

 

This lack of readiness has been called the “fourth grade reading slump.” (See Getting Over the Slump, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 2008.) The Raising Readers report also states, “Fourth grade literacy rates are directly tied to high school dropout rates, which are the most cited predictors of crime, low income and reliance on social services.” The message is that students must learn these basic skills early and then they must be engaged and motivated to stay in school and continue learning. There is great hope that new programs, along with innovations in technology, can help with both ...


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Cool web site: Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality: “All Ideas Are Second-Hand”

Cool web site:   Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality: “All Ideas Are Second-Hand” | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Steve Jobs, of course, knew this when he famously proclaimed that “creativity is just connecting things” — and Kirby Ferguson reminds us that Jobs didn’t technically invent any of the things that made him into a cultural icon, he merely perfected them to a point of genius. Still, this fear of unoriginality — and, at its extreme, plagiarism — plagues the creative ego like no other malady. No one has countered this paradox more eloquently and succinctly than Salvador Dalí:

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."   

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Many computer programmers, including some of the brightest and best, are dyslexic

Many computer programmers, including some of the brightest and best, are dyslexic | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Many programmers, including some of the brightest and best, are dyslexic..."  Mike James, programmer extraordinaire, author of over 50 books, PhD MS - still admits to feeling embarrassed about his dyslexia.

In our practice, it seems as if we've found a high incidence of dyslexia or dyslexia traits among parents, and within this cluster, an unusually high number who are in the Internet Security field. 

The strengths associated in these areas seem to be in the areas of visualization, analytical and strategic reasoning, and hands-on problem solving. Dynamic reasoning (working in a complex and continually changing environment) is also important - for the security folks, knowing where the bad guys are going to attack the system next is the critical talent. 

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Rocky Perry, teacher and author: Mom, My Teacher is Dyslexic!

Rocky Perry, teacher and author: Mom, My Teacher is Dyslexic! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Rocky Perry wrote his first book back in 2009 while he was studying Early Childhood Education at Dalton State College. He has always tried to do the things that are hardest for him. He learned to read and write later than most people due to his Dyslexia, which was diagnosed with in the early eighties. Writing a book, like getting his degree, presented some unique challenges. This first book was written using Dragon Naturally Speaking speech to text software. He did finish the book and when he looked back at all the things hel earned from the experience, he knew he had to keep writing....."

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Educational Technology - We Are Teachers:favorite strategies, activities,& products

Educational Technology - We Are Teachers:favorite strategies, activities,& products | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Eye-Opening Ed Tech Discover new and exciting ways that technology can help all of your students succeed.Today's teachers are working in a brave new world—one where tablets, apps, and interactive whiteboards are all part of the learning environment. But in order to make this technology a meaningful part of the curriculum, it needs to be incorporated in a thoughtful way. Below find our favorite strategies, activities, and products for creating truly eye-opening technology lessons.


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Filmmaker Jamie Redford turns the camera on his family for a documentary on dyslexia

Filmmaker Jamie Redford turns the camera on his family for a documentary on dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
"He didn't learn his alphabet, he didn't learn his numbers, he didn't write his name — there were a lot of things that were red flags," says Redford, a longtime teacher at Marin Country Day School. "I saw the signs really early on, and then I took false reassurance in everyone telling me he was fine."

Any parent who has a child with learning challenges knows that feeling.

It wasn't until Dylan was in the third grade at MCDS that Redford and her husband, Jamie, knew what the "something wrong" was: Dylan was diagnosed dyslexic.

His story along with those of others — from fifth-graders and grad students to such luminaries as Charles "Chuck" Schwab, Sir Richard Branson and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom of Ross — are included in Jamie Redford's documentary, "The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia." The film will get its Bay Area premiere at the fourth annual Sausalito Film Festival from May 11 to 13.

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Battle against dyslexia is far harder than any football match, says Rangers star Steven Naismith

Battle against dyslexia is far harder than any football match, says Rangers star Steven Naismith | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

RANGERS star Steven Naismith has spoken of the toughest battle of his life – reading a book from cover to cover.
The Scotland striker joined forces with racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart in Glasgow yesterday to promote the work of Dyslexia Scotland.
Stewart, 72, visited Addiewell and Barlinnie prisons yesterday and will be at Saughton in Edinburgh today to speak to prisoners about the condition that has left him still unable to recite the alphabet.
Former Kilmarnock favourite Naismith, 25, also told of the battle he faced making sense of words at Lainshaw Primary and Stewarton Academy growing up in Ayrshire.
He said: “I’ve spoken with Sir Jackie and he had it tougher than me as he was labelled stupid. I was finally diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 13 and it was a relief to know I wasn’t more stupid or slower than anyone else.

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Marburn Academy a treasure deserving of a toast: congratulations on 30th anniversary!

Marburn Academy a treasure deserving of a toast: congratulations on 30th anniversary! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
There was a little crazy in my eyes as I walked into the lobby.

Marburn addresses the full range of academic and personal-development needs of children who learn differently. The school rejects the notion that those who don’t thrive in traditional learning environments are disabled and understands that they deserve an education that matches and complements their individual needs.

Marburn, with its many accreditations and certifications, has been lauded nationally as one of the best schools for children with learning differences.

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Steven Naismith: Sean Connery helped me with dyslexia struggle - Health - Scotsman.com

Steven Naismith: Sean Connery helped me with dyslexia struggle - Health - Scotsman.com | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
STEVEN Naismith, the Rangers and Scotland footballer, has revealed how Sir Sean Connery encouraged him to speak out about his struggle to cope with dyslexia.

 

The sports star told how the Hollywood film icon got in touch to urge him to join forces with Sir Jackie Stewart, the three-times Formula One world champion, who has long campaigned to raise awareness about the learning difficulty.

Naismith said that while some of his classmates at school would “snigger” when he read, the condition may positively influence his decision-making on the pitch.

The 25-year-old was speaking at a news conference in Glasgow to promote the work of Dyslexia Scotland, a volunteer-led charity, and said he hoped that by speaking out, he would raise awareness about the issue.

Sir Jackie said both he and Naismith had been “saved by sport,” and revealed their conversations showed that both men shared the same “pains, frustrations, and anxieties” in dealing with dyslexia.

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NYT: Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master’s

NYT: Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master’s | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The law school of Washington University announced Tuesday that it would offer, entirely online, a master’s degree in United States law intended for lawyers practicing overseas, in partnership with 2tor, an education technology company. Legal education has been slow to move to online classes, and the new master’s program is perhaps the earliest partnership between a top-tier law school and a commercial enterprise.

“We don’t know where the students are going to come from exactly, but we believe there is demand abroad for an online program with the same quality that we deliver in St. Louis, accessible to people who can’t uproot their lives to come to the United States,” said Kent D. Syverud, the dean of the law school, which currently offers students on campus a Master of Law degree, or LL.M., in United States law for foreign lawyers. “It’s not designed to prepare students for the bar exam.”

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NYT: D.S.M. Panel Backs Down on Diagnoses

NYT: D.S.M. Panel Backs Down on Diagnoses | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"The doctors dropped two diagnoses that they ultimately concluded were not supported by the evidence: “attenuated psychosis syndrome,” proposed to identify people at risk of developing psychosis, and “mixed anxiety depressive disorder,” a hybrid of the two mood problems.

They also tweaked their proposed definition of depression to allay fears that the normal sadness people experience after the loss of a loved one, a job or a marriage would be mistaken for a mental disorder.

But the panel, appointed by the American Psychiatric Association to complete the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or D.S.M., did not retreat from another widely criticized proposal, to streamline the definition of autism. Predictions by some experts that the new definition will sharply reduce the number of people given a diagnosis are off base, panel members said, citing evidence from a newly completed study."

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Picture yourself as a teacher with Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci in your class

Picture yourself as a teacher with Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci in your class | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Commentary: Picture yourself an elementary school teacher with a class that includes Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and an English-speaking Leonardo da Vinci. It would be a dream team of brilliant and eager young minds thirsting for oceans of knowledge to be poured into their heads.

Surely, your job as teacher would be made in the shade, a piece of cake, as easy as pi R squared. Or would it?

As we all know, Edison and Einstein grew up to become two of the greatest scientific minds of the last 150 years. Between them their inventive achievements included the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the Theory of Relativity and perhaps even the basis for future time travel.

Da Vinci was a 15th century Most Interesting Man in the World long before Dos Equis was ever brewed. Young Leonardo stayed thirsty for knowledge, becoming an acclaimed architect, engineer, sculptor, naturalist, inventor, scientist and painter whose timeless works included the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.”

As peachy as it all sounds, though, having any of those three as students wouldn’t have been a classroom cakewalk. All had learning issues.

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