Week in Review - March 6, 2015


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March 6, 2015 - Vol 11, Issue 10


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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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New This Week on NASET

NASET's Special Educator e-Journal
March 2015

Table of Contents
* Update from the U.S. Department of Education
* Literature Review - - Disproportionate Representation of Minorities in Special Education Programs By Cindy Morris
* National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
* Legislative Announcements, Calls to Participate and New Projects
* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET
* Upcoming Conferences and Events
* Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
* Acknowledgements
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NASET's Parent Teacher Conference Handout
March 2015

What is the New Criteria to Diagnose Autism?

The diagnosis of Autism has changed with the publication of the mental health manual DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th edition). This new edition is the book used by all mental health professionals for the purposes of identification and diagnosis of different disorders. Autism has gone through some major changes as of this new edition and the new criteria is listed below. NASET's Parent Teacher Conference Handout is for parents who may not be aware of the new criteria.

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Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Help Curb Allergy Risk

Giving peanut products to infants at high risk for peanut allergy may reduce the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent, a startlingly new study suggests. For years, the conventional wisdom was to avoid giving peanuts to infants who were at risk for developing an allergy to them. And although that recommendation was retracted in 2008, many parents continued to avoid giving peanut products to their infants, said lead researcher Dr. Gideon Lack, from the department of pediatric allergy at King's College London in England. "However, eating peanut [products] in the first year of life protects against the development of peanut allergy in a high-risk group of children," he said. "This is the exact opposite of what was recommended." To read more,click here

ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death

People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the common disorder, a new study finds. The risk is small, but it's a clear indication that the disorder is a serious problem, the researchers said. In a study of more than 2 million people, Danish researchers found that accidents were the most common cause of premature death among people with ADHD. And the risk was significantly higher for women and those diagnosed in adulthood, the researchers added. "Our results add to the overwhelming existing evidence that ADHD is a true disorder and should not be taken lightly," said lead researcher Dr. Soren Dalsgaard, a senior researcher at Aarhus University. To read more,click here

Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey

More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals. The review appears to be driven by the fact that patients saw the number of debilitating seizures they experienced after surgery either drop significantly or disappear altogether, the researchers noted. "One percent of the U.S. population has epilepsy, and among that group there are about 750,000 patients with recurring seizures that are not well-controlled," said study co-author Dr. Marianna Spanaki-Varelas, director of the Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "Of those, 30 to 35 percent are [surgical] candidates because they do not respond to the roughly 15 appropriate epilepsy drugs that we have." To read more,click here

Measles Can Rob a Child's Sight, Doctors Warn

In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it's a harmless, transient disease. But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the infection typically shows up in the eyes. In rare cases, measles can trigger long-term vision problems and even blindness. Also, one or two of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To read more,click here

Special Education Law Symposium

The 40th Anniversary of the IDEA: The Past is Prologue

REGISTER NOW: June 21 - June 26, 2015

Lehigh University's intensive one-week institute provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and case law relating to the education of students with disabilities.The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state officials, and other individuals interested in legal literacy concerning the education of students with disabilities.

The program offers two parallel tracks, one for basic that offers in-depth foundation knowledge about the IDEA and Section 504: Eligibility, FAPE, LRE, Student Discipline, and Remedies. The other track is for advanced participants, offering brand new "hot topics": Settlement Process, Exiting Special Education, "Meaningful" Parental Participation, Inadequate IEP Implementation as a FAPE Denial, Transition Services, Noncustodial Parent Issues, and State Complaint Resolution Process.

The experienced program faculty features attorneys Laura Anthony (Ohio), Edward Bauer (Florida), Maria Blaeuer (Washington, DC), Esther Canty-Barnes (New Jersey), Andrew Cuddy (New York), Laura Gillis (Massachusetts), Zvi Greisman (Maryland), Dana Jonson (Connecticut), Michael Joyce (Massachusetts), Isabel Machado New Jersey), Deborah Mattison (Alabama), Kevin McDowell (Indiana), Michael Stafford (Delaware), and-from Pennsylvania--Andrew Faust, Joshua Kershenbaum, Dennis McAndrews, Gabrielle Sereni, and Dr. Perry Zirkel.

The symposium begins on Sunday evening with a dinner and keynote lecture by Dr. Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.

The workshop is offered for graduate and continuing education credit. Weekly and daily options are available.  Full information is now available on our website:coe.lehigh.edu/law.  For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson atspecialedlaw@lehigh.eduor (610) 758-5557.


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According to the latest research in the field, women whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be two to three times more likely to develop what medical condition as adults?
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Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk

Football helmet add-ons may not reduce players' risk of concussion, a new study suggests. These safety products include items such as soft-shell layers, spray treatments, pads and fiber sheets. "Our study suggests that despite many products targeted at reducing concussions in players, there is no magic concussion prevention product on the market at this time," researcher John Lloyd, of BRAINS Inc. in San Antonio, Fla., said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. Lloyd is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. To read more,click here

Reminders From States May Boost Timely Vaccination Rates

A centralized statewide reminder system for immunizations may be a more reliable way to increase overall vaccination rates than reminders from the doctor's office, new research suggests. Efforts to get primary care physicians to reach out to parents with timely reminders about childhood vaccinations haven't worked very well, the study authors noted. Less than one-fifth of doctors' offices willingly participate in some kind of notification system, according to background information in the study. The new study involved mail and/or phone contact with the parents of more than 18,000 children. The children were all between 19 months and 35 months old and were from 15 counties in Colorado. To read more,click here

Three Amputees Regain Function With 'Bionic' Hands

In what scientists say is a first, a robotic hand controlled by a patient's own muscle and nerves appears to have restored complex hand function to a trio of amputees in Austria. The three patients in question all suffered what's known as a "brachial plexus injury" to the hand following either a car crash or a mountain-climbing accident. In each case, neural connections were severed between the injured hand and a network of nerves in the neck that are crucial to hand and arm movement. To read more,click here




Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Member

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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Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?

People who down several cups of coffee every day may have a decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. The study, of 5,600 Swedish and U.S. adults, found that those who drank four to six cups of coffee a day were about one-third less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), compared with people who did not drink coffee. Researchers stressed that the findings do not prove that coffee fights MS -- a disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective sheath around nerve fibers in the brain and spine. Symptoms can include muscle weakness, numbness, vision problems and difficulty with balance and coordination. To read more,click here

Mental Illness, Homelessness Linked to Heart Disease in Study

Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years. The risk is about 10 percent for a person of the same age and gender who does not smoke, does not have diabetes or high blood pressure, and is not overweight, the researchers noted. The risk of cardiovascular disease in homeless people with mental illness was highest among men and those with substance abuse disorders, according to the study published Feb. 23 in the journal BMC Public Health. To read more,click here

Researchers Measure Scope of Muscular Dystrophies That Strike Boys

A new study estimates the prevalence of two types of muscular dystrophy that strike mostly boys. A team led by researchers from the University of Iowa found that about one in 5,000 boys between the ages of 5 and 9 have either Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Becker muscular dystrophy. The researchers also found that Hispanic boys were struck by the disorders more often than whites or blacks. "There were always some rather crude estimates of how common these muscular dystrophies are," study corresponding author Paul Romitti, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa, said in a university news release. "It tells us that they're still an important public health concern." To read more,click here

Binge Drinking and the Association with Eating Problems

Adolescent binge drinking has been linked to a host of problems, including worse school performance, risky sexual behaviors, illicit drugs, and a greater risk of suicide. Binge drinking may also be linked to problematic eating behavior, yet little research exists. A study of the relationship between binge drinking and eating problems among Russian adolescents has found that problematic eating behaviors and attitudes are commonplace, and that binge drinking is associated with more eating problems in girls than boys.To read more,click here

Teen Girls from Rural Areas More Likely to have Undiagnosed Asthma, Be Depressed

Teen girls who live in rural areas are more likely than their male counterparts to have undiagnosed asthma, and they often are at a higher risk of depression, according to researchers. "There's a lot of speculation about why females are more likely to be undiagnosed," says the lead researcher. "Maybe it's because boys are more likely to get a sports physical for athletics and they catch it then. Or maybe it's because girls attribute asthma symptoms to something else, like anxiety. That needs further study."To read more,click here

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Teacher Prejudices Put Girls Off Math, Science, Study Suggests

It's a fact: Women are vastly underrepresented in the fields of computer science, engineering, and mathematics. But less clear are the trajectories -- academic and otherwise -- that lead young women toward other professions. Higher education has already opened the door to equal opportunities for women and minorities in the U.S. -- so is it possible that elementary school, as a new Tel Aviv University study suggests, is the critical juncture at which girls are discouraged from pursuing science and mathematics? New research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that elementary school teachers' unconscious biases significantly influence female students' academic choices later on. According to researchers Dr. Edith Sand, an economist at the Bank of Israel and an instructor at TAU's Berglas School of Economics, and Prof. Victor Lavy, a professor at Hebrew University and University of Warwick in England, the classroom teacher's unwitting prejudice is a key factor explaining the divergence of boys' and girls' academic preferences. To read more,click here

Letting Kids Move in Class Isn't a Break from Learning. It IS Learning.

As an educator for the past 25 years, I'm delighted that our national conversations about teaching and learning are beginning to recognize that excellent instruction engages students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. We've come a long way in our understanding of the development of young minds. Yet despite research proving the lasting benefits of serious play, too many of our classrooms remain still, silent places, lacking any element of physical movement. It's critical to maintain time for recess and free play that builds students' balance systems (as powerfully described by Angela Hanscom), but we also need to emphasize the important role that physical movement can and should play within the classroom. Movement is a powerful teaching tool, and when we as teachers thoughtfully incorporate physical elements into instruction, we elevate the learning experience. As part of my work at Center for Inspired Teaching over the past 20 years, I train teachers to provide this type of active, student-centered instruction because it's how students learn best. To read more,click here

Could a Dishwasher Raise a Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?

Hand washing dishes instead of using a machine to wash dishes may reduce children's risk of developing allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema, according to a new study. These findings are the latest to lend support to the "hygiene hypothesis." This theory suggests that early exposure to many different microbes may keep the immune system working properly. If the immune system is working well, the theory is that it won't mistakenly go after harmless substances as happens in allergies. To read more,click here

A Lower IQ has been Linked to Greater and Riskier Drinking among Young Adult Men

Although several studies have shown an association between intelligence and various health-related outcomes, the research on cognitive abilities and alcohol-related problems has been inconsistent. A new study of the association between IQ-test results and drinking, measured as both total intake and pattern of use, has found that a lower IQ is clearly associated with greater and riskier drinking among young adult men, although their poor performance on the IQ-test may also be linked to other disadvantages.To read more,click here

Skin Patch Shows Promise in Easing Peanut Allergy

A wearable patch that safely and gradually exposes the body to small amounts of peanut allergen appears effective in easing the allergy, an early new study shows. The Viaskin peanut patch, worn for a year by peanut-allergic children and adults, appears to "educate cells to turn off the allergic reaction," said lead researcher Dr. Hugh Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai in New York City. His team was scheduled to present the study results Sunday in Houston at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The study was funded by DBV technologies, which is developing the patch. To read more,click here

Sound of Mother's Voice in Womb May Aid Fetal Brain Growth

Babies may get a brain boost in the womb when they hear the voices and heartbeats of their mothers, a new study suggests. Researchers studying premature babies in the hospital found that the sound centers in the babies' brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings of their mothers rather than the normal clamor of intensive care units. The recordings were manipulated to simulate sounds heard in a womb. It's not clear what this means in the long run, "but it shows how important it is for mothers to interact with their premature babies when they visit," said study co-author Amir Lahav, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston. To read more,click here

Cat, Dust Mite Allergies Linked to Childhood Asthma

Toddlers and preschoolers with cat and dust mite allergies may face an increased risk for asthma later in childhood, a preliminary study suggests. The research included almost 500 children from Cincinnati. The youngsters had allergy skin prick tests for four common indoor allergens -- cat, dog, cockroach and dust mite. The tests were done at ages 1, 2, 3 and 4 years. The children were tested for asthma at age 7. Children with year-to-year positive tests for cat and dust mite allergies had an increased risk of having asthma by age 7, according to the study. The researchers didn't find a link between other tested allergens and the development of asthma, however. To read more,click here

jobsNASET's Latest Job Listings

* Assistant Professor of Education- UC Clermont invites applications for tenure-track faculty position beginning August 15, 2015 unless otherwise indicated. UC Clermont is an open admissions regional campus thirty miles east of the University of Cincinnati in Batavia, Ohio with an enrollment of approximately 3,500 students. To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Teacher-Cross Categorical- Genesee Lake School is an accredited, nationally recognized leader providing therapeutic educational services to children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Teacher- Genesee Lake School is an accredited, nationally recognized leader providing therapeutic educational services to children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. To learn more -Click here

* School Administrator- Genesee Lake School is a private, year round therapeutic school providing both day school and residential services. Education Director provides oversight and leadership to all aspects of the special education services provided at Genesee Lake School. 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 candidates for a Program Manager position. To learn more -click here

* Early Intervention Program Director- Easter Seals Hawaii, a growing CARF accredited Non-Profit, is committed to provide exceptional, individualized, family- centered services to empower people with disabilities and other special needs to achieve their goals and live independent fulfilling lives. To learn more -Click here

* RISE Director- The University of Alabama's RISE Program which serves preschool children with diverse abilities and their families, seeks a dedicated, caring, highly skilled director. To learn more -Click here

*Head of School-Riverview Schoolin East Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod is seeking the next Head of School to begin July 1, 2016. Riverview is one of the premier residential schools in the country serving students with complex language, learning, and cognitive disorders. To learn more -Click here

* Special Education Co-Teacher- 8th grade co-teacher position in a Charter School in the South Bronx. The Special Education teacher will provide instruction of students with a variety of disabilities in mainstream and resource room settings. To learn more -Click here

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

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein

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