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December 5, 2014 - Vol 10, Issue 49


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Dear NASET News,

Welcome toNASET'sWEEK in REVIEWHere, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASETto read and or download, as well as 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 theWEEK in REVIEWatnews@naset.org.Have a great weekend.


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December 2014

Table of Contents
* Update from the U.S. Department of Education
* National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability: Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace: What Youth Should Know
* Legislative Announcements, Calls to Participate and New Projects
* Resource - - Buzz from the Hub
* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET
* Upcoming Conferences and Events
* Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
* Acknowledgements

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NASET Practical Teacher
December 2014
Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

This issue ofNASET'sPractical Teacherpresents a November 2014 introductory letter from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education on the topic of Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. Students with disabilities, like all students, must be provided the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. Below is a description of a document, entitled "Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" (FAQs), which explains the responsibility of public schools to ensure that communication with students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students. At the end of the letter,NASET has provided a link to the 30 page document for you to review

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Spotting Hearing Problems in Infancy May Boost Reading Skills in Deaf Teens

Deaf teens have stronger language and reading skills if their hearing problems were detected at an early age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at a group of deaf children in England who were diagnosed with permanent hearing loss through an infant screening program conducted in the 1990s. A follow-up of the children at age 8 found that those who were screened by the time they were 9 months old had better language and reading skills than deaf children who weren't screened as infants. This new study assessed the children at age 17, and found the gap in language and reading skills between the screened and unscreened groups had doubled since age 8. To read more,click here

Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as conflict with family and peers, and having friends who were prone to getting into trouble, the study found. Although the study found an association between early puberty and these factors, it's important to note that the study wasn't designed to show that early puberty was the cause of these issues. To read more,click here

Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advise: Drugs Carry Serious Risks

Most babies and young children don't need medicines if they have a cold, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicine should not be given to children younger than 2 because they could cause serious and potentially deadly side effects, the agency warned. American adults average about three colds a year, but children get them more often. When children get a cold, parents might want to give them pain relievers, decongestants and other medicines, but often the best approach is rest and care, the FDA said in a news release. To read more,click here

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse

Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns. The findings show the need to conduct substance abuse assessments on teenagers before prescribing these drugs to them, the researchers said. "Prescribers and parents don't realize the abuse potential," said lead researcher Carol Boyd, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. "These drugs produce highly attractive sensations, and adolescents may start seeking the drugs after their prescriptions run out." To read more,click here

No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study

Taking acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, during pregnancy or giving it to young children does not raise the risk of childhood asthma, a new study finds. Concerns have been raised that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and/or early in a child's life may be associated with the development of asthma. But the study authors say that respiratory infections during infancy probably play a much more significant role in the later development of asthma, and there's no need to change current recommendations about the use of acetaminophen. To read more,click here

Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention

Parents need to take an active role in protecting their children from sports concussions, an expert warns. Parents must make sure sports-playing teens have the right protective gear and undergo standard, Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Ariz. in an American Migraine Foundation, said in a foundation news release. Any coach involved with teens sports needs to have appropriate training. Teen sports teams need concussion sideline and after-injury protocol, said Dodick. He also advised that there should be either a health professional available at games to evaluate blows to the head, or a safety officer who can give simple tests to determine if an athlete has suffered a concussion. To read more,click here

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Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies

A brain abnormality may be responsible for more than 40 percent of deaths from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a new study suggests. The abnormality is in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that influences breathing, heart rate and body temperature. This abnormality may disrupt the brain's control of breathing and heart rate during sleep or during brief waking that happens during the night, the researchers report. "This abnormality could put infants at risk for SIDS," said lead researcher Dr. Hannah Kinney, a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. To read more,click here

Holiday Eating Tips for People With Diabetes

People with diabetes face a number of challenges over the holidays, but careful planning can help keep you healthy, an expert says. "With the holidays coming, take some time to think about how you'll deal with the events, the family you'll be visiting and all of the to-dos," Joan Bardsley, president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, said in an association news release. "By planning ahead. you can enjoy the fun and still be healthy." One idea is to make a healthy eating contract with yourself. Before a big meal, think carefully about how you will eat that day and write down some goals. Sign and date the contract and post it on your refrigerator. To read more,click here

Free Book Offer for Parents Who Have Children with Fears or Anxieties

We would like to offer your members a FREE copy of a children's ebook called The Child Who Was Afraid of Santa Claus. Click here http://amzn.to/152Gk5k. It's the fun and engaging story of Violet the Purple Fairy and the children who visit Santa in Porkley's famous toy store. Book Number 6 in the Understanding Children Series 1, these stories model good listening and communication skills for parents and children, especially for children with fears or anxieties. It is available here http://amzn.to/152Gk5k and is FREE between Saturday 6th and Monday 8th December 2014. We would love if your members downloaded it and we would of course also appreciate any reviews. We hope you enjoy it. Click here http://amzn.to/152Gk5k For more information, courses and workbooks on children's fears and anxieties and how to listen and communicate with children please click email greenbikebooks@gmail.com

Childhood Obesity Brings Host of Health Problems, Researchers Report

Obese children are at increased for liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease, a new study warns. Researchers looked at nearly 500 children and teens, aged 2 to 17, with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that's most common among youngsters who are overweight and obese. NAFLD can develop in conjunction with other health problems such as diabetes. Nearly 36 percent of them had high blood pressure at the start of the study and 21 percent had persistent high blood pressure 48 weeks later. High blood pressure is present in 2 percent to 5 percent of all children and 10 percent of obese children, according to the researchers. To read more,click here

Some People May Be Pre-Wired to Be Bilingual

Some people's brains seem pre-wired to acquire a second language, new research suggests. But anyone who tries to move beyond their mother tongue will likely gain a brain boost, the small study finds. The brain "becomes more connected and integrated after learning," said study co-author Ping Li, co-director of the Center for Brain, Behavior and Cognition at Pennsylvania State University. But it's even more interesting, Li said, that "the brain networks of the more successful learners are better connected even before learning takes place." To read more,click here

Future Uncertain For National Children's Study

What was once considered a ground-breaking U.S. study to track the health of children from birth to adulthood may be stopped before its official start, causing alarm for advocates and researchers who say its findings are crucial to developing prevention strategies for childhood conditions like asthma, autism and attention deficit disorder. Researchers for the National Children's Study, devised by Congress in 2000, say the study could eventually influence a range of parental choices - from what foods kids eat to the household products or medications they are exposed to. Study advocates also say the potential findings are endless, and will likely go beyond advice given to parents, to have an impact on insurance-coverage decisions and even broader public policy questions. To read more,click here

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Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism

The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. "Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken," Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. "It's best to let your hosts or visitors know what special requirements are needed to make sure your child and entire family have a pleasant experience," she advised. To read more,click here


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Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking

Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says. "We've known for a long time that friends and peers have an influence on individual alcohol use, but there are no common studies that distinguished between the broader peer group and the friend group's influence on those decisions," Jonathon Beckmeyer, an assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Public Health, said in a university news release. Beckmeyer analyzed data gathered from 15-year-olds in a U.S. government study and found that the drinking habits of their close friends had a greater effect on their own alcohol consumption than did alcohol use among their peers. To read more,click here

Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted

A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke. The announcement about the research, which was conducted at 25 medical centers in the United States and Canada, was made this week by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Researchers compared monthly blood transfusions with daily hydroxyurea pills among children with sickle cell anemia who were at high risk of stroke. To determine this, they measured the velocity of blood flow to the brain in these young patients. To read more,click here

States Ranked On Court Accessibility

A new ranking finds that access to the courts for people with disabilities varies significantly from one state to the next. In a review of court websites, statutes and regulations from each state, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota and Tennessee all achieved perfect scores when it comes to legal access for those with disabilities. Meanwhile, Indiana came in dead last, with Idaho, Missouri, Wyoming and Georgia also filling out the ranking's bottom five. The "Justice Index," put together by the National Center for Access to Justice with the aid of law firms and law students at the University of Pennsylvania and the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, looks at how accessible courts are across the country for people with disabilities and other underserved groups. 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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Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away

Eating a serving a day of yogurt may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. "The data we have gathered show that yogurt consumption can have significant benefit in reducing the risk of diabetes," said senior study author Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. "It's not a huge effect, about an 18 percent reduction [in risk]." "Yogurt is not magic for curing or preventing diabetes," Hu said. "That's the bottom line and the message we want to convey to our consumers, that we have to pay attention to our diet pattern. There is no replacement for an overall healthy diet and maintaining [a healthy] body weight." To read more,click here

Disney Facing More ADA Suits

A court battle over disability access to Disney theme parks has been renewed, with 28 new separate lawsuits being filed in Orlando, Fla. against the entertainment company. The lawsuits were previously filed in a joint format. But a judge had ruled earlier in November that the lawsuits should be filed separately because circumstances surrounding each plaintiff were unique. The suits allege that Disney's Disability Access Service, which began in 2013, discriminates against those with disabilities because it no longer allows them to skip lines. Disney started the DAS program after ending its previous program, the Guest Assistance Card, because the older program was abused by wealthy people who hired guests with disabilities to help them skip lines. To read more,click here

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Full-Day Preschool Beats Part-Day for School Preparedness

Children who attend a full-day preschool program are better prepared for elementary school success than children who attend a part-day program, a new study has found. Chicago preschoolers who went the whole day rather than a half-day had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills, including language, math, social development and physical health, researchers from the University of Minnesota reported. "We found that about 80 percent of children with full-day preschool were at or above national norms in terms of school readiness, compared with 58 percent of children at a part-day program," said Arthur Reynolds, a professor at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development. To read more,click here

Senate Unlikely To Reconsider UN Disability Treaty

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is dismayed that his effort to extend the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the international community appears unlikely to gain the Republican support it needs to be ratified by the Senate. Harkin, D-Iowa, who along with former Republican Sen. Bob Dole sponsored the ADA, which was signed into law by a Republican president in 1990, had hoped to win over another half-dozen Republicans to reach the 67 votes necessary to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). However, a GOP ally did a vote count and said there has been no movement among the Republican holdouts despite encouragement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, veterans groups and disabilities groups. To read more,click here

Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study

Exposure to peanut protein in household dust may increase the risk of peanut allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema, a new study reveals. About 2 percent of school-aged children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. And severe eczema in infants has been linked to food allergies, particularly peanut allergy, the researchers noted. The new study included 359 infants aged 3 months to 15 months. The researchers examined the amount of peanut protein the children were exposed to in household dust. The children were at high risk for peanut allergy because they were allergic to cow's milk or eggs, or had moderate to severe eczema and were allergic to cow's milk or eggs. To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Early Childhood Special Educator- Magnum Medical seeks Early Childhood Special Educators to work with infants and toddlers of American military families stationed overseas in a home-based early intervention capacity.  The position currently available is located at Okinawa, Japan. To learn more- Click here

* Program Manager (Alternate Assessment) (7794) - The Assessment Program at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a well regarded organization that is growing rapidly and is seeking a Program Manager. The Program Manager (Alternate Assessment) will assist with managing all aspects of state testing projects, especially for special education students. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Support Teacher - Opportunity Charter School (OCS) teachers are trained in cutting edge, research based methodology of evaluating academic strengths and weaknesses. The Special Education Support Teacher may work directly with the student and provide direct specially designed and/or supplemental instruction to the student. To learn more - Click here

* Certified Special Educator - SESI is a private company that provides comprehensive special education services for students identified with various disabilities including, emotional/behavioral disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. To learn more-Click here

* Early Childhood Special Educator- Works with developmentally delayed children of American military families stationed overseas, in a home-based early intervention program. To learn more - Click here

Food For Thought..........

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Isaac Rubin

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