Week in Review - July 4, 2014

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July 4, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 27


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HAPPY AND HEALTHY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL NASET MEMBERS!! Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW Here, we provide you with some of the most interesting articles that have happened this week in the field of special education. We hope you enjoy this publication.  Feel free to send us articles for this publication or let us know your thoughts about the WEEK in REVIEW atnews@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


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NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities Series
Residential Placement Options

Looks at the various residential care facilities available when your student ages out. It will also provide information on how to plan, when to plan, and who to contact to ensure placement at an appropriate time.
There may be times after a student with disabilities leaves secondary education when parents will have to explore housing alternatives other than the family home. A variety of motivations for this decision may include the following:
The physical, medical, economic, and psychological resources of some families to care for the needs of a family member with disabilities may diminish over time.

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NASET Special Educator e-Journal July 2014
Table of Contents
* Update from the U.S. Department of Education
* Legislative Announcements, Calls to Participate and New Projects
* Special Education Resources Review 2014
* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET
* Upcoming Conferences and Events
* Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
* Acknowledgements

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Adults With Asperger Syndrome May Have Higher Suicide Risk

Adults with the milder form of autism known as Asperger syndrome are much more likely to think about and attempt suicide than those in the general population, a new British study suggests. The survey of 374 British adults with Asperger syndrome found that 66 percent reported having suicidal thoughts and 35 percent had planned or attempted suicide. Suicidal thoughts were much more common among those with a history of depression, the authors noted. In comparison, rates of suicidal thoughts were 17 percent in the general population of U.K. adults and 59 percent of patients with psychosis, according to the study published June 24 in The Lancet Psychiatry. To read more, click here

Sheltered Workshop Eligibility May Soon Be Limited

Federal lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to require most students with disabilities to try competitive employment before they could be employed by sheltered workshops. The U.S. Senate voted 95 to 3 on Wednesday to approve a sweeping jobs bill known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Tucked within the measure are significant changes for students with disabilities transitioning to adulthood. Chiefly, the bill would prohibit individuals with disabilities age 24 and younger from working in jobs paying less than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour unless they first try vocational rehabilitation services, among other requirements. There are exceptions, however, for those already working for what's known as subminimum wage and in cases where individuals are deemed ineligible for vocational rehabilitation. To read more, click here

Milk, Egg Allergies Seem to Make Parents Most Anxious

Parents and other caregivers of children who are allergic to milk and eggs have higher anxiety and stress levels than those whose children are allergic to peanuts, researchers report. That finding even surprised the authors of the study published in the July issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "It's assumed peanut and tree allergies are the most severe, and therefore it may be presumed they would cause the most strain for caregivers," lead author and allergist Dr. Laura Howe said in a journal news release. To read more, click here



Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

Through an agreement with The American Academy of Special Education Professionals(AASEP), NASET members now have the opportunity to achieve AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) at a reduced fee.  AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) is a voluntary choice on the part of the candidate. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate a commitment to excellence to employers, peers, administrators, other professionals, and parents. From the standpoint of the Academy, board certification will demonstrate the highest professional competency in the area of special education. Board Certification in Special Educationestablishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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Certain Birth Defects More Common Among Hispanics: Report

Hispanic mothers are at especially high risk of having newborns with serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects, according to a new report. Also, more babies are born prematurely to Hispanics than women of other ethnicities, the March of Dimes report states. This report, updating a similar 2008 paper by the nonprofit foundation, also highlights the fact that a greater proportion of Hispanic women have babies each year than any other population in the United States, making it the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country. To read more, click here

Numbing Medications Can Harm Teething Babies, FDA Warns

Teething infants can come to serious harm or even death from certain "gum-numbing" medications, according to a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency said Wednesday that local anesthetics known as viscous lidocaine, or benzocaine-containing teething products, should never be used for teething children, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional. Viscous lidocaine contains a local anesthetic in a gel-like syrup. It requires a prescription and is typically used to treat mouth ulcers that can occur in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Parents who happen to have viscous lidocaine on hand may be tempted to use it to help teething babies, but they should not do so, the FDA said in a news release. To read more, click here

Family's Complaint Prompts Insurer To Drop 'R-Word'

A major health insurer has agreed to stop using the term "mental retardation" after a family complained when the phrase was used to describe their daughter's condition. Kraig and Jennipher Beahn were stunned when they received a letter from Cigna a few weeks back that included a reference to "mental retardation." The correspondence was related to their 10-month-old daughter, Kennedi, who has Down syndrome. To read more, click here


Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.
Congratulations to: Prahbhjot Malhi, Mike Namian, Olumide Akerele, Yvonne Harris and Pamela R. Downing-Hosten
who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question--According to the latest research in the field of adolescence, approximately what percentage of 16-year-olds have considered self-harm or taking an overdose? ANSWER: Approximately 10 to 13%
Last year, when the U.S. Department of Education considered only compliance data in making annual determinations of the effectiveness of states' special education programs, 41 states and territories met requirements. This year, however, when the Department included data on how students are actually performing, how many states and territories met the requirement?
If you know the answer, send an email to contactus@naset.org
All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Gluten-Free Diet May Lift the 'Fog' of Celiac Patients, Study Says

The "brain fog" experienced by many celiac disease patients seems to improve as their intestines heal after adopting a gluten-free diet, a small new study suggests. Australian scientists found that banishing gluten -- a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that causes intestinal inflammation in those with celiac disease -- led to better scores in attention, memory and other brain functions over the course of a year. Experts cautioned, however, that those without celiac disease who choose to go gluten-free -- a current diet trend -- can't expect clearer thinking to result. While more research is needed, they said, it appears that systemic inflammation common to celiac patients consuming gluten is to blame for subtle thinking problems, not gluten itself. To read more,click here

Little Progress Made in Reducing Health Disparities for People with Disabilities

Mental distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of chronic illness and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study. "It's important to find out why there has been so little progress, since the prevention, detection, and treatment of secondary illnesses is critical for health maintenance, halting progression of disability, and helping people with disabilities to participate in life activities," says the lead author. To read more, click here

Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions: FDA

Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The products contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are applied to the skin. They are available as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners and face scrubs, the FDA said. The products are marketed under brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, the agency said. To read more, click here

Autism Act Clears House

Congress is one step closer to renewing the nation's primary autism legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES, Tuesday evening by a voice vote. The measure would renew what's previously been known as the Combating Autism Act, which provides millions each year in federal funding for research, prevalence tracking, training for professionals, early identification and other autism efforts. To read more, click here

Many Pregnant Women Not Told to Avoid Environmental Toxins

Few obstetricians offer their pregnant patients advice on how to avoid environmental toxins that might harm their babies, a new study finds. "We have good scientific evidence demonstrating that pregnant women are exposed to toxic chemicals, and there's a link between these exposures and adverse health outcomes in children. But physicians are not offering this information to their patients," study senior author Tracey Woodruff, director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, said in a university news release. To read more, click here

Teachers More Likely to Use Ineffective Instruction When Teaching Students with Mathematics Difficulties

First-grade teachers in the United States may need to change their instructional practices if they are to raise the mathematics achievement of students with mathematics difficulties (MD), according to new research published online today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. "Which Instructional Practices Most Help First-Grade Students with and without Mathematics Difficulties?" by Paul L. Morgan of Pennsylvania State University, George Farkas of the University of California, Irvine, and Steve Maczuga of Pennsylvania State University, examined nationally representative groups of first-grade students with and without MD to determine the relationship between the instructional practices used by teachers and the mathematics achievement of their students. To read more, click here

Mother's Birthplace May Affect Autism Risk in Kids

A mother's birthplace may affect her children's risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder, according to new research. Children of foreign-born black, Central and South American, Filipino and Vietnamese mothers were more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to children born to white mothers who were born in the United States, the study found. "The rates [of ASDs] in the African immigrants was the highest," said lead researcher Dr. Beate Ritz, chair of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. To read more, click here

Kids' Risks from Toxic Metals in Dirt Downplayed When Measured with Standard Tools

A new laboratory method may improve risk estimates of children's soil exposures. As the study explains, soil ingestion is one of the most important pathways through which children are exposed to toxic substances. Children have higher exposure rates from soil than adults because of their hand-to-mouth behavior. As they play outside in dirt mounds and playgrounds, there is a risk that children will ingest soil particles and heavy metals which may have been underestimated by researchers to date. To read more, click here

Pediatrics Group Wants Parents to Read to Their Children Every Day

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. That clarion call comes in a new policy statement issued Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Early Childhood. The aim of the recommendation is to help parents "immunize their children against illiteracy," said statement author Dr. Pamela High, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I., and a professor at Brown University. To read more, click here

No Sign That ADHD Meds Raise Suicide Risk: Study

Drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not increase the risk of suicide attempts or suicide, and may actually provide a protective effect, a new study suggests. Prior research had hinted that ADHD drugs might raise the risk of suicidal behavior, according to the authors of the new report. However, they believe that the findings of those studies were questionable due to their studies' small size or the methods used. The new study, led by Henrik Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, included all of the nearly 38,000 people in Sweden diagnosed with ADHD between 1960 and 1996. To read more, click here

ER Visits Peak When Kids Barred From Child Care: Study

Child care centers commonly bar parents from dropping off a child with a runny nose or other minor illness. And the result, a new study finds, can be needless trips to the emergency room. That's because a doctor's note is often required for a sick child to return to child care -- or for an employee to stay home with an ill child. So working parents may rush the kid to an ER or urgent care center rather than wait for an appointment with their pediatrician. "Parents are bringing their children in, not because they have a medical emergency, but because it's a socioeconomic emergency," said Dr. Andrew Hashikawa, the lead researcher on the study and a lecturer in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. To read more, click here

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Senator Calls for Expansion of Community-Based Services

A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Tuesday he is introducing a bill that would put an end to what's known as the "institutional bias." Current law requires Medicaid to provide nursing home services to people with disabilities, but does not mandate that home and community-based options be offered. As a result, many states have long waiting lists for individuals wishing to obtain services in the community and a Senatereport last year found that over 200,000 working-age Americans remain segregated in nursing homes. To read more, click here

Too Many U.S. Babies Still Delivered Early Without Medical Need

More than three percent of U.S. babies are delivered early without a medical reason, a new study finds. "Our study showed that early elective deliveries made up more than 3 percent of U.S. births each year over the past 20 years. This may seem to be a small number, but with 4 million births a year in the U.S., each percentage point represents 40,000 babies," study leader Katy Kozhimannil, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, said in a university news release. A baby is considered full-term at 39 weeks. Early delivery without medical reasons (early elective delivery) at between 37 and 39 weeks is associated with health problems for mothers and babies, according to the researchers. To read more, click here

Study Links Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Kids

Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that were treated with pesticides during the last three months of their pregnancies. "Many of these compounds work on neurons. When they work on the insect, they're dealing with the nervous system of the insect and basically incapacitating it," said study author Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the MIND Institute at University of California, Davis. To read more, click here

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