Week in Review - December 11, 2015


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December 11, 2015 - Vol 11, 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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Autism and Employment
Morghan Bosch


This issue ofNASET'sAutism Spectrum Disorderseries was written by Morgan Bosch of Barton College. It describes the problem of employment for individuals with autism and explores selected instructional and behavioral supports that can reduce the number of individuals with autism who are unemployed. With the rising number of individuals diagnosed with autism, the abysmal rate of unemployment, and the increasing amount of these individuals reaching the age to enter the job market, educators and employers must recognize their role in preparing and connecting individuals with autism to their communities and employment opportunities.

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Google Pledges Funds For Special Education

Google is sharing the wealth this holiday season, with a plan to donate millions of dollars to benefit students in special education at schools across the country. The Internet giant said that it will donate $1 for every purchase made using Android Pay through Dec. 31. Google indicated it will give up to a million dollars total. Separately, Google is also asking users to chip in, with a special link added to the company's search homepage on Dec. 1 - known as Giving Tuesday - prompting visitors to "support special needs teachers." The company said its charitable arm, Google.org, will match donations from users up to $1 million. 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 Education establishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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Parental Absence Affects Brain Development in Children

Researchers in China have found that children who have been left without direct parental care for extended periods of time show larger gray matter volumes in the brain, according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Throughout the world, due to political upheaval, economic necessity or other reasons, parents sometimes are compelled to travel away from home for months or years at a time, leaving their children behind. To read more,click here

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Delayed Clamping of Umbilical Cord May Be Better for Preemies

Delayed clamping of a preterm infant's umbilical cord leads to better motor function development, a new study suggests. "If you can wait 45 seconds before clamping the cord, and that delay has a chance of improving your baby's motor function, wouldn't you make that choice to delay?" researcher Debra Erickson-Owens, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Rhode Island, said in a university news release. "It makes us consider what other positive things occur with delaying that could result in a long-term impact on infant well-being," Erickson-Owens added. To read more,click here

Change Ahead At Autism Speaks

For the second time in less than three months, a top executive at Autism Speaks is announcing plans to move on. Rob Ring, the organization's chief science officer, is leaving after more than four years with the group. His last day will be Jan. 15. Ring's decision comes after Liz Feld, Autism Speaks' president, said in September that she will leave the nonprofit next summer. To read more,click here

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Planned Cesareans Tied to Slight Increase in Asthma Risk for Kids

Children born by planned cesarean delivery appear to have a slightly higher chance of developing asthma than those born through vaginal delivery, researchers report. The difference in risk was small, with 3.73 percent of those born through planned C-section hospitalized by age 5 for asthma, compared to 3.41 percent of kids who were born through vaginal delivery. And those who had a cesarean delivery had a 10.3 percent risk of needing an asthma inhaler at age 5, compared to 9.6 percent for those born vaginally, the researchers found. "C-section may play a part in explaining global increases in asthma, but overall this study provides some reassurance that children delivered by planned C-section are not at substantially higher risk of childhood illness," said lead researcher Dr. Mairead Black. Black is a clinical lecturer and research fellow in obstetrics at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. To read more,click here

Special Education Law Symposium at Lehigh University

LehighUniversity announces its week-long Special Education Law Symposium to be held June 19-24, 2016 on its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campus. Annually attracting an audience of over one hundred registrants from across the country, the symposium addresses "hot topics" emerging in court decisions as well as topics suggested by eminent school and parent attorneys who serve as the symposium faculty.

The symposium will include a special two-day (June 23-24) option on the Complaint Resolution Process (CRP), a training component for state complaint investigators and others interested in CRP. Scheduled topics for the "advanced" symposium section of experienced professionals are Dyslexia, Compensatory Education, Statute of Limitations, Discipline Nuances, Placement Decision-making, and IDEA/Section 504 Hot Spots, such as service animals, individual health plans (including concussions), and money damages.
Individuals new to special education law will explore in depth the basics of the IDEA and Section 504, including Child Find and Eligibility, FAPE, LRE, Remedies, and Discipline.
Dr. Perry Zirkel will offer a day-long National Case Law Update and Crystal Ball to all registrants on Friday, June 24, chronicling the important decisions of the prior year and predicting issues likely to emerge.
LehighUniversitygraduate credit is available. In addition to week-long registration, one-day and multiple-day options are available. For further information, see the symposium website at coe.lehigh.edu/law.

Playing Contact Sports in Youth May Raise Risk for Degenerative Brain Disease

National Football League football players may not be the only ones who can develop a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated concussions during decades of play, a new study suggests. Even men who only played an amateur contact sport during their youth may face an increased risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a devastating brain condition that can affect thinking, memory, behavior and mood, Mayo Clinic researchers report. To read more,click here

Weight Gain Between Pregnancies May Affect Infant Survival

Weight gain after a first pregnancy might raise the risk of infant death and stillbirth in a second pregnancy, a new study suggests. In mothers who were previously a healthy weight, even moderate weight gain between the two pregnancies was associated with increasing the odds for infant death, researchers reported Dec. 3 in The Lancet. "The public health implications are profound," study author Sven Cnattingius, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said in a journal news release. To read more,click here

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Diabetes or Obesity During Pregnancy May Affect Fetal Heart: Study

Being obese or having diabetes during pregnancy can affect the heart of the fetus, a new study finds. But the impact of these changes aren't yet clear, the researchers added. The study included 82 pregnant women with diabetes, 26 obese pregnant women and 70 healthy pregnant women. The heart muscle of the fetuses in obese women and those with diabetes showed changes that weren't seen in the fetuses of healthy women. The changes were only visible with a special type of ultrasound of the heart called echocardiography. The changes weren't seen using standard echocardiography, the study found. To read more,click here

IRS Relaxes Rules For New ABLE Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service is easing up on rules for new accounts that will allow people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits. Earlier this year, the IRS laid out plans for how accounts established under the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act would operate. But the agency received significant pushback from disability advocates and state officials alike who said the proposed federal requirements would be overly burdensome. To read more,click here

Agricultural Pesticides May Affect Kids' Breathing

Early exposure to widely used pesticides may harm children's lungs, a new study says. Previous research has looked at the harmful effect of organophosphate pesticides -- chemicals that target the nervous system -- on adult agricultural workers. This new study looked at children living in an agricultural area where the organophosphates are used. "This is the first evidence suggesting that children exposed to organophosphates have poorer lung function," said study senior author Brenda Eskenazi, a professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the University of California, Berkeley. To read more,click here

More On The Spectrum Training For Tech Jobs

When Joseph Leogrande, 18, rides the subway, his caretaker reminds him to be aware of his body and space, not to stand too close to people. Sometimes it's hard for Leogrande to concentrate on these directives - his mind is elsewhere. He likes to move to the front of the train and peer into the cab, where the driver sits. "I want to see how everything works," he said. Since Leogrande was a kid, he's collected extension cords and traffic signals from the MTA. He likes to take old things and make them work again, like a broken old-fashioned touch-tone phone he recently fixed. To read more,click here

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Could Energy Drink 'Shots' Raise Teens' Diabetes Risk?

Caffeine-laden "energy shots" appear to trigger short-term insulin resistance in teenagers, Canadian researchers report. The finding suggests that this effect might lay the foundation for developing type 2 diabetes later in life, the researchers said. Teens who downed a tiny orange bottle of 5-hour Energy -- which contains no sugar but has 208 milligrams of caffeine -- were not able to metabolize sugar as efficiently as when they drank a decaf version of the same drink, the study found. To read more,click here

Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

Bullies may be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that victims of bullying are more likely to have these disorders, but the finding that bullies are also at risk came as a surprise, the researchers said. "For a long time, there's been this story about bullies that they're a little more hale and hearty," study author William Copeland, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said in a university news release. To read more,click here

Club Helping People With Disabilities Be More Physically Active

As a support counselor at Jubilee Association of Maryland, Jared Ciner worked with the agency to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. But when he began researching exercise programs for his clients, the University of Maryland graduate came up empty. "I realized that all of the people I was working with at the agency had being more physically active listed as one of their goals," Ciner said. "Meanwhile, I couldn't find any resources or programs to encourage them to participate in or bring them to." That's how Ciner founded Spirit Club.To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Special Education Coordinator/Teacher - We are looking for candidates who have experience in progressive education and diverse communities, and a solid understanding of supporting the academic, social and emotional development of young children of all learning styles and needs. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Progressus Therapy has incredible opportunities for Special Education Teachers...or, as we like to call them, Superheroes.  If you use your super powers to help ensure that children have access to the best education possible in the least restrictive environment, we would love for you to join the Progressus Therapy team! To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Looking to make a difference in the lives of children?  Progressus Therapy has rewarding opportunities available for Special Education Teachers in Chicago for an immediate start.  You will have the opportunity to help children achieve their greatest potential. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Progressus Therapy has incredible opportunities for Special Education Teachers...or, as we like to call them, Superheroes.  If you use your super powers to help ensure that children have access to the best education possible in the least restrictive environment, we would love for you to join the Progressus Therapy team! To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Specialist- provides technical assistance across one or more contracts in administering assessment programs for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Develops special education content materials for professional development, item development and the administration of alternate assessments. To learn more - Click here

* Teacher and Program Advisor - Al Akhawayn School in Ifrane, Morocco (ASI), is starting a unique project of establishing a Special Educational Needs unit for deaf children using American Sign Language, and it is searching for a SEN professional with the right level of expertise and professional experience in the education of deaf/hard of hearing children to help launch and oversee the project. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - ChanceLight is currently hiring Special Education Teachers in the Northern California region. ChanceLight™ Behavioral Health & Education is the nation's leading provider of behavioral health and education solutions for children and young adults. Formerly known as Educational Services of America (ESA), ChanceLight serves more than 13,500 clients and students each day.  To learn more - Click here

* Intervention Specialist- Canton, OH - Join a fun, flexible, team-build environment as a Virtual Intervention Specialist with Light Street Special Education Solutions, a division of Learn It Systems. Teachers must have a Special Education K-12 Cross Categorical teaching certificate. To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Teacher- Chicago, IL - Join a fun, flexible, team-build environment as a Virtual Intervention Specialist with Light Street Special Education Solutions, a division of Learn It Systems. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities - empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 sites throughout Los Angeles County. To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Teacher - New Visions is seeking a Special Education Teacher to provide instructional supports and accommodations for students with disabilities, be able to write and monitor Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and communicate regularly with Committee on Special Education (CSE) in your district and families of students with disabilities. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher (Elementary/Middle) - Excel Academy Public Charter School is seeking a Special Education Teacher to work with our Middle School Girls. A teacher at Excel is directly accountable to the Principal for student academic success, maintenance of rigorous school culture, and mission advancement. To learn more - Click here

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