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Now is the Time to Think About Workplace Accommodations

Authors: Special Education Law Blog

As advocates, our goal is to prepare our children with special needs for further education, employment, and independent living.  For many of our students, successful employment may be contingent upon implementation of workplace accommodations.  But how do we know which accommodations will be helpful, or...

Researchers Deliver a New Understanding into a Common Cause of Syndromic Autism

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Researchers Deliver a New Understanding into a Common Cause of Syndromic Autism

Australian and Chilean scientists have made a breakthrough in their understanding of the genetics of a common form of syndromic autism-and they hope their work could one day lead to the development of treatments...

How Beto O'Rourke Handled a Question About Charter Schools: Carefully

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

Beto O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, participated in an American Federation of Teachers town hall in Miami as part of the union's ongoing public forums featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidates....

Reaching and Grasping: Learning Fine Motor Coordination Changes the Brain

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Reaching and Grasping: Learning Fine Motor Coordination Changes the Brain

When we train the reaching for and grasping of objects, we also train our brain. In other words, this action brings about changes in the connections of a certain neuronal population in the red nucleus, a region of the...

Dietary Supplements Linked with Severe Health Events in Children, Young Adults

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Dietary Supplements Linked with Severe Health Events in Children, Young Adults

Consumption of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy was associated with increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults compared to consumption of vitamins,...

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Graduate from Internship Program Aimed at Giving Them Real-World Job Experience

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Graduate from Internship Program Aimed at Giving Them Real-World Job Experience

It's graduation season, and students across Hamilton County are celebrating their accomplishments and looking toward the future. Five Hamilton County students celebrated a...

Elementary School Aims to be More Inclusive

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Elementary School Aims to be More Inclusive

An elementary school is being recognized for its focus on social inclusion and bringing students with and without intellectual disabilities together through sports and education programs. Jefferson Elementary school is the first Special Olympics...

Most Classroom Teachers Feel Unprepared to Support Students With Disabilities

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

A survey from the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood.org finds a teaching corps that lacks confidence in their ability to meet the needs of millions of children with disabilities in the nation's public K-12 schools, but wants the training, support, and guidance to improve....

The Magical Thinking of ADHD Brains - and How It Drives Our Kids' Lies

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

The Magical Thinking of ADHD Brains - and How It Drives Our Kids' Lies

We were nearing the end of a very long day. My 4 year old clung to my thigh like a monkey to a flagpole, wailing because mommy was going to a PTA meeting after dinner. My 6 year old shouted "Mom, look at my LEGO ship" in...

Good Sleep a Must for Teens with ADHD

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Teenagers tend to shortchange themselves on sleep, but when they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), that can really hamper their thinking skills, researchers say. The new study included teen volunteers with ADHD who spent a week in which their sleep was restricted to 6.5...

Junior High Incorporates Partners in PE Program for Life-Skills Students

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Kadin Vire can easily communicate and comprehend the needs of life-skills students. She is one of 32 Finley Junior High students involved in general education that participate with the newly established program Partners in PE, which provides modified activities for students with special...

Changing How the World Sees Disability One Photo at a Time

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

The faces you see in your everyday life ultimately define what you see as normal, says Jordan Nicholson, a Getty Images photographer. People with disabilities like myself make up 20% of the population. But many people with disabilities say that for decades, they've felt invisible as if...

How Team Sports Change a Child's Brain

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory and response to stress. Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis has linked participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in...

Study: Prenatal Vitamins Early in Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Autism

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of developing autism in children who are at high risk for the disorder, according to a new study. Researchers followed 241 children whose older siblings had a diagnosis of autism and who therefore...