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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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Table of Contents
  • Update from the U.S. Department of Education
  • Literature Review -- Experiences of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when Dealing with Schools Regarding their Children's Education - - Sheila Bravo, Florida International University
  • Parent Involvement and Advocacy in Special Education - - Kristin Rodrigquez, Florida International University.
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  • Acknowledgements
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Gene May Play Part in How Kids Respond to Asthma Meds: Study

Researchers say they've identified a gene that affects whether children with asthma respond to corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are the most effective treatment for chronic asthma and acute asthma attacks, but some children don't respond well to the drugs. Researchers analyzed the genomes of 57 children with asthma, and found that the activity of a gene called VNN-1 affected whether they were good or poor responders to corticosteroid treatment. The study was published April 21 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The gene "may serve as a clinically useful biomarker to identify a subset of difficult-to-treat asthmatic children, and targeting the VNN-1 pathway may be useful as a therapeutic strategy," senior study author Dr. Gurjit Khurana Hershey, director of the Asthma Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. To read more,click here

Schools Warned On Pushing Families Into Due Process

Federal education officials are warning school districts to think twice before forcing parents into potentially long and costly due process proceedings. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, families may pursue due process or file a state complaint if they don't believe their child has been provided appropriate school services. However, in a "Dear Colleague" letter to education leaders across the country, officials at the U.S. Department of Education said this month that they are concerned that some school districts are moving to file for due process over issues that parents have already chosen to address via state complaints. To read more,click here

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Ban Flavoring, Ads for E-Cigarettes, Doctors' Group Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should ban flavorings and television ads for e-cigarettes, a prominent physicians' organization says. There is scant evidence that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking, as claimed by manufacturers. And the chemicals used in these devices may be harmful to both smokers and bystanders, said Ryan Crowley, senior associate for health policy at the American College of Physicians (ACP). "There are over 7,000 different flavorings in e-cigarettes, and the evidence shows that young people are attracted to these products because of the flavors," Crowley said. "There are also concerns that there are harmful chemicals in the flavorings themselves." 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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Program Looks To Turn People With Disabilities Into Entrepreneurs

With an eye toward increasing employment opportunities, a new effort is looking to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the tools to work for themselves. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are developing a new program designed to help people with disabilities become entrepreneurs. Organizers say the effort will bring together people with disabilities, service providers as well as members of the business community to establish a model that can be replicated across the country. 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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Most Adults Don't Support Medical Marijuana for Kids, Poll Finds

Most Americans believe that adults should be allowed to use medical marijuana, but far fewer think it's appropriate for children, a new survey finds. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said their state should allow medical marijuana for adults. But just over one-third said it should be allowed for children, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital national poll on children's health. Four out of five respondents said adults shouldn't be permitted to use medical marijuana in front of youngsters, an opinion that was strongest among parents of children younger than 18. To read more,click here

Training Programs for Parents Tied to Better Behavior in Kids With Autism

Training programs for parents can help improve the behavior of children with autism, a new study suggests. After six months of either parent training or parent education, the children's behavior improved for parents in both groups, but the benefit was greater in the parent training group, the researchers found. "Parent training has solid evidence for reducing disruptive behavioral problems in young children who do not have autism spectrum disorders. But to date, parent training had not been tested in children with autism spectrum disorders," said study author Lawrence Scahill, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. To read more,click here

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Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Immune Disorder

Gene therapy may benefit children and teens with a rare immune disorder called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a small study finds. The disorder -- characterized by low blood platelet count, eczema and recurring infections -- is caused by mutations in what's known as the WAS gene. People with the disorder generally die by their 20s or 30s. Blood stem cell transplants from other people can help these patients, but they have a high rate of complications. This study looked at a therapy in which the patient's own blood stem cells are removed to correct the WAS gene. The blood stem cells are then injected back into the patient. To read more,click here

Dozens Of Self-Advocates Arrested At White House

More than 50 disability rights activists were arrested Monday while protesting outside the White House. Those detained were among about 200 advocates from across the country who are in Washington this week with the disability rights group ADAPT. The demonstrators were at the White House calling on President Barack Obama to address the "critical civil rights of persons with disabilities" ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this summer. To read more,click here

Another Study Finds No Vaccine-Autism Link

Yet another study finds no evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine raises the risk of autism -- even among children who are at increased genetic risk. Experts said the findings, reported in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, should be reassuring to parents, particularly those who already have a child with autism. The theory that MMR vaccination raises the risk of autism has its roots in a small study done in 1998 -- one that was later found to be fraudulent. Since then, numerous international studies have found no evidence that vaccines help trigger autism. To read more,click here

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Medical Groups Issue Guidelines for Treating First Seizure

One in 10 people worldwide will have a seizure in his or her lifetime, experts say. Now, two medical groups have issued a new guideline on how to treat them. The decision to treat a patient after a first seizure is complex because doctors must weigh the risks and benefits on an individual basis, according to the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. After a review of all available evidence, the two organizations concluded that taking epilepsy drugs immediately after a first seizure may reduce the risk of more seizures. To read more,click here

More Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Facing Dangerous Complication

A growing number of American children and teens with type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds. Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagnosed with type 1 late in its development, when serious complications can arise. The complication is called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which involves dangerously high blood sugar and substances in the blood called ketones. Patients with the condition can suffer long-term health damage. To read more,click here

Two Drugs Reduce Teacher-Rated Anxiety, in Addition to ADHD, Aggression

Previous research published by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and three other institutions showed that when children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and serious physical aggression were prescribed both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug, along with teaching parents behavior management techniques, they had a reduction of aggressive and serious disruptive behavior. Now, L. Eugene Arnold and Michael Aman, professors emeritus at the Nisonger Center at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, and their colleagues have published a study, available online in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (JCAP), showing the addition of risperidone to parent training and a stimulant also improves teachers' assessments of anxiety and social avoidance. Improvement in teacher-rated anxiety and social withdrawal also contributed to improvements in parent-rated disruptive behavior. Children who showed reduced anxiety also showed less disruptive behavior.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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Could High-Dose Insulin Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in High-Risk Kids?

In a small, preliminary study, high-dose insulin capsules safely induced what appears to be a protective immune response in children at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes. If these findings hold true in larger studies done over longer periods of time, the treatment may prevent the development of type 1 diabetes in high-risk kids, much like allergy shots can prime the immune system not to react to harmless allergens, researchers say. "We have introduced a relatively new paradigm, which is to actively expose the body to one of its own proteins before the body has a chance to see it as foreign and to eliminate it like a virus, something which happens in children who develop type 1 diabetes," said the study's lead author, Ezio Bonifacio, deputy director at the DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden in Germany. To read more,click here

Devices or Divisive: Mobile Technology in the Classroom

Little is known about how new mobile technologies affect students' development of non-cognitive skills such as empathy, self-control, problem solving, and teamwork. Two Boston College researchers say it's time to find out. Boston College Lynch School of Education Assistant Professor Vincent Cho and BC Graduate Research Assistant Joshua Littenberg-Tobias present a new survey measuring teachers' perspectives on these issues today at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting session "Examining the Potential of Mobile Technology." "Schools see digital devices -- smart phones, tablets and laptops -- as a way to propel innovation, but we haven't effectively asked teachers about the impact of these technologies on students' social, emotional and personal development," said Cho. "Furthermore, teacher attitudes are crucial to the success of high-tech initiatives. Teachers are the people who will revolutionize schools. Technology is just a starting point. We should know what teachers think."To read more,click here

Freedom to Fidget Helps Kids With ADHD Learn: Study

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need to squirm to learn, a small study suggests. Constantly shifting in their desks, tapping their feet, swinging their legs and other fidgety behaviors play a crucial role in helping these children remember information and solve complex mental tasks, the researchers found. The study included 29 boys aged 8 to 12 with ADHD who underwent tests of learning, comprehension and reasoning. They were compared to a control group of 23 boys without ADHD. The more the boys with ADHD moved during the tests, the better they did. The more the boys in the control group moved during the tests, the worse they did, according to the study published online recently in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. To read more,click here

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Literacy App Improves School Readiness in At-Risk Preschoolers

Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for low-income children, according to research. "Guided use of an educational app may be a source of motivation and engagement for children in their early years," said the study's author. "The purpose of our study was to examine if a motivating app could accelerate children's learning, which it did."To read more,click here

Many Young Adults With Autism Face Unemployment, Isolation

As children with autism grow older, many approach adulthood without continued access to the kind of special needs services they routinely received as children, a new report warns. The "National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood" also reveals that such children may enter adulthood without the advanced planning they need to find jobs or live independently after high school. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of developmental problems that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To read more,click here

Exploring the ADHD-Autism link

For the better part of the last decade, a growing body of research has been revealing more and more similarities between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism.Jean Gehricke, an associate professor of pediatrics at UC Irvine and a licensed clinical psychologist with the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, is focusing on this link to better understand why people with ADHD and autism may be more prone to substance abuse and, in the process, to develop more effective behavioral therapies. "This is an emerging field with great promise," Gehricke says. "We know a bit about the underlying causes of ADHD, and through this, we may be able to improve how we treat autism." To read more,click here

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* Special Education Teachers, Full time or part time - Catapult Learning is seeking Special Education Teachers in New Jersey and New York for the 2015-16 school year. Locations are in New Jersey (throughout state) and New York - Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. To learn more - Click here

* K - 3 Teachers - Harlem Hebrew is a dual-language public charter school of excellence located in NYC CSD 3.We seek dynamic, dedicated, experienced and professional educators who would relish the opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues, a diverse student body and an innovative program for the 2015-16 school year. Candidates do NOT need to speak Hebrew.To learn more - Click here

* Resource Specialist Teacher - RSP teachers will review and revise IEP's as needed. The Resource Specialist will support instruction in reading, math, and written language for students, tutor individual and small groups of students, administer and score academic testing, write individualized education plans and support other academic programs as needed. To learn more - Click here

*Special Education Teachers for 2015-2016 - Lighthouse Academies is a growing, national network of charter schools that is dedicated to providing transformational opportunities in underserved urban areas. Our K-12 model is distinguished by rigorous, arts-infused academic programs complemented by social and cultural foundations needed to succeed in and graduate from college. To learn more - Click here

* Self Contained Classroom Special Education Teacher - $46,000/year with 16 weeks off. Special Education Teachers needed in Arizona (Phoenix and surrounding cities). Needs are in the self-contained setting serving students with emotional disabilities (ED), Autism (A), Severe/Profound (S/P), and Intellectual Disabilities (ID). To learn more - Click here

* Teacher - The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism, Asperger's disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems. To learn more - Click here

* Special Education Teacher: $125K Salary - Earn a $125,000 salary and join a team of master teachers at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, recently featured on the front page of the New York Times. To learn more -Click here

* Director of Student Supports - RePublic is searching for passionate, bold, and gritty Directors of Student Supports (Special Education) ready to lock arms with the teasm at Liberty Collegiate, Nashville Prep and RePublic High for the 2015-16 school year. To learn more - Click here

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