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ADHD now classified as a specific disability under federal civil rights law

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In a letter to school districts and a “know your rights” document to be posted

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Dyslexia not linked to eyesight

About 3% of children have severe dyslexia There are no differences in the eyesight of dyslexics and non-dyslexics, say researchers Dyslexia is not linked to any problems with eyesight, say researchers. Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye

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“Response to Intervention”—An Excuse to Deny Services to Students with Learning Disabilities?

By Nancy E. Bailey. Response to Intervention (RTI), the program to identify children with learning disabilities early, was recently described by the Chalkbeat in Tennessee as having problems with implementation. In many places, like Tennessee, RTI has replaced —a model which has

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Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated

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Autism, developmental delays linked to pesticide exposure during pregnancy

Increases the risk of developmental delays and autism in children by two-thirds Exposure to several common agricultural pesticides during pregnancy increases the risk of developmental delays and autism in children by two-thirds, a new study found. While researchers did not

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New voucher program helps Florida students with special needs

Adriana Mantilla knew traditional school settings weren’t working for her gifted but autistic son. Ten-year old Armando had tried a private school, but the staff didn’t have the expertise he needed. Public school classrooms were too big and distracting, the

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Shocking secret footage reveals teacher aides slapping and choking special needs student before knocking him off a chair

A teacher handed police shocking secret footage which allegedly shows two colleagues slapping and choking a special needs student before knocking him off a chair. The video was filmed at Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, over four days by

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NFL wife says she won’t vaccinate her children for fear of Autism

Kristin Cavallari of MTV reality show fame and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, have made a controversial decision regarding their one young child and their second, which Cavallari is carrying. At an appearance on Fox, Cavallari said she doesn’t intend

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Police Entrap Autistic Teenager in Drug Sting

An autistic teenager in Temecula, California, was caught up in an undercover drug sting in August 2012. Jesse Snodgrass, new to high school and looking to make friends, unwittingly befriended an undercover police officer who relentlessly pressured him to buy

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“Parenthood” and the charter school dream

“Parenthood’s” Kristina Braverman of Berkeley, CA takes up a cause New Yorkers are becoming all too familiar with This season on “Parenthood,” as a bold and arguably impulsive response to their autistic teenage son’s struggles, fictional parents Adam and Kristina

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