Week in Review - July 22, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

July 22, 2016                                                Vol 12 Issue # 29

Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET'sWEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASET to 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 the WEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


NASET News Team


NASET Q&A Corner Issue #78

The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities

Charter schools are fairly new in public education, and they've generated a lot of interest and inquiry. For many families and educators, charter schools offer more options for how students will be educated. For others, charter schools are confusing. Why, for example, are some charter schools not open for enrollment to students who live nearby? And what about students with disabilities? May they go to charter schools? If so, is special education available in charter schools? This edition of NASET's Q & A Corner, focuses on commonly asked questions that families and educators of students with disabilities have about charter schools. It also offer links to state-specific resources that can help you better understand how charter schools work in your individual state. Read More

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Michigan Woman Fights for Accessible Websites in U.S. School Districts

School districts across the U.S., be warned: If your websites aren't accessible to people with disabilities, Marcie Lipsitt is ready to take action. Lipsitt, a Franklin resident and an outspoken special-education advocate, has been on a one-woman crusade, filing hundreds of federal complaints against schools, school districts, state education departments and other public agencies nationwide if she finds their websites aren't accessible to people with vision and hearing disabilities. Common problems include websites missing text that describes images to blind or visually impaired people who use special software, content that can only be used by people who have a mouse, and videos that aren't captioned or aren't accurately captioned.  Read More

The Challenge with Gifted Children

I work with a lot of bright children. Children destined to get A and A+ grades and what I have noticed is that most people look at them in envy, wishing they could be them, wishing they could be as intelligent and find exams as easy as they do. Some even question all the work and extra help that goes into helping bright kids because let's face it, they are going to do well anyway! However, what most don't understand is that gifted and talented children come with their own set of challenges and most are diagnosed with some disorder, often anxiety, because being bright is not as easy as it sounds and not for the reasons you are probably thinking. So I am going to throw a big word at you, well it's big for me anyway. Asynchronous Development - so what is this new word in our vocabularyRead More

In Singapore, Legal Boost Wanted for Rights of Children with Special Needs

Most parents of children with special needs want new laws to promote the rights of their children, and better preschool education for them, a survey has found. The survey polled 835 parents with special needs children aged nine and below and was commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a philanthropic house. Findings released showed that close to three-quarters of parents polled agreed that new laws are necessary. The poll also asked parents about challenges faced in raising their special needs children, and how the public acts towards them (see chart on key findings). Of parents with children in preschools, fewer than half felt their children had adequate support from the preschools - be it from teachers, the curriculum or facilities available. Close to half of the parents of preschoolers also said it was difficult to enroll their children in pre-school, usually because there were preschools that were unwilling to admit the child, or because of inexperienced teachers.Read More

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.Read More

Children with Autism Give Insight into Their World View through Darwin Photography Exhibition

When Darwin tradesman Darren McCallum gave his nine-year-old daughter a $90 digital camera, its lens ended up focused on everything from the family staffy dog to their evening dinners. "Jazzie asked [one dinner] if she could put her finger in jelly before we served it," Mr McCallum said. "She put her whole hand in, which makes for a good shot. "I look at the [resulting] photo and know that the tactile side of the autism spectrum is alive and well." Diagnosed as being "on the spectrum" several years ago, Jazzie is one of 11 Darwin children with autism aged between six and 15 that have come together for a photography exhibition, Spectrum, showcasing the way they see the world. Mr McCallum came up with the exhibition idea after spotting "quirky photos" on Jazzie's iPad. Read More

Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks: Study

A flu shot during pregnancy protects newborns against the flu for about two months after birth, a new study finds. Previous studies have shown that flu vaccination during pregnancy helps protect newborns. This study shows the length of protection is likely limited to the first eight weeks of life, said Marta Nunes, of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and her co-authors. Researchers assessed more than 1,000 infants born to women given a flu shot during pregnancy. They found the vaccine's effectiveness was highest (85.6 percent) during the first eight weeks after birth. Effectiveness ranged from about 25 percent to 30 percent at ages 8 to 16 weeks, and 16 to 24 weeksRead More



Learning Disability Treatment Market to Rise due to Growing Count of Medications for ADHD

A new market research report by Transparency Market Research, titled "Learning Disability Treatment Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020," is a detailed evaluation that aids in recognizing the major unmet requirements in the market from 2014 to 2020. The prime developments poised to take place in the learning disability treatment market in the coming years have also been elaborated under this study. The current competition within this market coupled with an analysis on the competitors in the market is also a key part of this study. An insightful review on the key industry challenges, drivers, challenges, restraints, and trends is also a key part covered under this studyRead More

Is it Becoming too Hard to Fail? Schools are Shifting Toward No-Zero Grading Policies

School districts in the Washington area and across the country are adopting grading practices that make it more difficult for students to flunk classes, that give students opportunities to retake exams or turn in late work, and that discourage or prohibit teachers from giving out zeroes. The policies have stirred debates about the purpose of issuing academic grades and whether they should be used to punish, motivate or purely represent what students have learned in class. Some regard it as the latest in a line of ideas intended to keep students progressing through school and heading toward graduation, akin in some ways to practices like social promotionRead More

Education Secretary to PTA: Demand Diversity in Schools, Teaching Force

U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. called on parents to take charge of improving diversity in their schools and classrooms-both among students and teachers-during a recent speech before the National Parent Teacher Association. The issue of student and teacher diversity has been a major issue for King since his appointment to take over the federal department in fall 2015. In this case, King was addressing parents who make decisions about where they send their children to school at a time when there are increasing choices, both among district and charter schools. In many communities, that leads to more segregation among student bodies. "Today, diversity is not a nicety but a necessity. Not just for some students, but for all of our students," King said.  Read More

Akron Public Schools Braillists Empower Students with Visual Impairments by Connecting Dots

Bonita Ferracane and Susan Mertz have been connecting six dots for decades.
They arrange the dots to form letters, numbers, punctuation marks and musical notes to transcribe printed textbooks and other school materials into braille for visually impaired students who attend Akron Public Schools. "We're helping students get the same benefits as their sighted classmates," said Mertz, who has been a braillist for 50 years and taught special education for 25 years. "It feels good to know that we have made sure the students who read braille have the same materials at the same time that the sighted children have them. Listening to a book being read to you is not the same as reading it for yourself. It gives students a sense of confidence to be able to do it for themselves."Read More

Very Premature Infants: Towards Better Care

Born too soon, very premature infants are particularly vulnerable and need appropriate care. The European project EPICE (Effective Perinatal Intensive Care in Europe) examines how medical practices based on scientific evidence are incorporated into the care of these neonates. The study, coordinated by Inserm and published in The British Medical Journal, highlights the underuse of four effective practices for improving their survival and long-term health, and estimates its impact on mortality and morbidity. Very premature infants, born before 32 weeks of gestation, (8th month of pregnancy), represent 1-2% of all births. For these neonates, the risks of mortality and long-term neurological disorders are higher than for infants born at full term. It is essential to provide them with appropriate care in order to guarantee them better health. Read More

ADHD and OCD Individuals Differ in Brain Structure and Function

Inhibitory control is a component of executive function that governs the suppression of interference from irrelevant stimuli. Individuals diagnosed with many neuropsychiatric disorders, including many neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and OCD, share neural dysfunction of inhibitory control. Although individuals diagnosed with OCD or ADHD share impairments in inhibitory control, they present with disorder-specific functional and structural brain abnormalities in frontostriatal region, according to new findings of a meta-analysis performed by investigators affiliated with King's College London and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read More

Advocate for those with Learning Disabilities Dies at 93

As the young mother of a son with learning disabilities in the early 1960s, Norma "Dee" Stukenberg began organizing meetings in her Chicago home with other mothers like herself with one goal in mind: to get their children the best education possible. These children, like Stukenberg's son Richard, struggled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and auditory and visual processing problems - many of them learning disorders not widely known at that time. "These were kids without any of the outward physical characteristics of children with special needs, but that were failing in school," said another son, Dennis. In 1967, Stukenberg became a charter member of the Chicago Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. It was the first learning disabilities advocacy group in the state and is now known as the Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois. The nonprofit group promotes networking among parents, educators and professionals to work on behalf of children with learning challenges.  Read More

Obama Administration Proposes New Rules for K-12 Standardized Testing

The nation's new federal education law makes room for states to design and try out new and better ways to measure what kids know, because just about everyone agrees on this: Standardized tests as currently delivered in U.S. public schools leave something to be desired. The law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, allows seven states to design and test "innovative assessments" starting with a few districts and then scaling up to schools statewide over a period of five years. The Education Department proposed draft regulations that outline in more detail how the pilot program will work, including what states will have to explain about their proposed new test when they apply to participate. Read More

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Dispute Over School Funding Embroils New Federal Education Law

A new education law applauded for replacing the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act has become embroiled in criticism that it could wreak havoc on local school funding and teacher contracts. Six months after President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act - declaring it a Christmas miracle - the dispute over his administration's effort to enforce it has created unusual battle lines. Key Republican lawmakers, state governors and the teacher unions are on one side, and recently confirmed U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr., Democratic lawmakers and leaders of the civil rights community on the other.  Read More

New Program to Help Floridians with Disabilities Save without Endangering Benefits

A program geared toward helping Floridians with disabilities save money while not endangering federal disability benefits officially launched with a ceremony in the state capitol. Florida's ABLE United Program is the product of a rare show of cooperation between Washington and Tallahassee. The program will allow Floridians with lifelong disabilities to establish savings accounts that won't impact their ability to receive federal disability benefits.Such benefits, including Social Security disability income, have historically been linked to income from other sources, with personal savings in excess of $2,000 resulting in a denial of federal payments."To be told that you can't make a certain amount of money or save a certain amount of money is a huge letdown, because you want to be independent, you want to have a future, you want to do all these things, and then it's like you can't," said Megan Ackinson, a 22-year-old college student living with cerebral palsy.Read More



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

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly, a genius is often merely a talented person who has done his or her homework.

Thomas Edison

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