Week in Review - June 3, 2016



National Association of Special Education Teachers

June 3, 2016                                                 Vol 12 Issue # 22

Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET'sWEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET 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


IEP Component Series Issue #22

Vocational Assessment and Its Role in Career Planning

This issue of NASET's IEP Component series was written by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability and discusses career planning and vocational assessment for transition-age youth. Many youth with disabilities have not had the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers in terms of exposure to career preparation options. In the past, the career planning process for youth with disabilities often did not reflect the values of choice and self-determination. Many youth with disabilities were relegated to passive roles in their own career planning process. As a result, many youth have not had the opportunity to pursue career options that they found motivating and satisfying. Today, vocational programs for youth in transition focus on the skills, knowledge, and abilities that youth can contribute to the work place. A large part of this effort lies in accurately identifying a youth's assets and sharing this information with the youth and those who work with him or her. Many young people leave high school uncertain of their interests and abilities and unprepared to choose or pursue a career. Effective career planning and assessment for transition-age youth allows them to consider multiple options, act with self-advocacy, bridge academic and career plans, and equip themselves with critical information (Borgen & Amundsen, 1995). Career planning and assessment focuses on four distinct domains: (1) Academic; (2) Psychological; (3) Medical; and (4) Vocational This paper focuses on the "vocational domain" and how assessment activities support career related activities.  Read More


NASET Special Educator e-Journal

June 2016

Table of Contents

* Update from the U.S. Department of Education

* NCWD: Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

* Special Education Teacher Attrition. By ReshmaMulchan of Florida International University

* Buzz from the Hub

* From the Journal of American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP): Cameras in Self-Contained Classrooms: Legal, Professional and Student Implications. By Ashlee Ivie from Southern Utah University

* Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET

* Acknowledgements  Read More

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Genetic Insights May Help Kids Battling Developmental Delays

There's new hope for children stricken by mysterious developmental delays, with a new study showing that extensive genetic analysis may help determine the cause of their disability. Canadian researchers found a precise genetic cause for seven out of every 10 children suffering from a previously undiagnosed condition that caused developmental delays. In many cases, the genetic analysis led to groundbreaking discoveries. Researchers discovered 11 new disease genes linked to developmental delays, and described new physical traits and symptoms for a number of known diseases. Read More

Online Autism Training Shows Promise For Families

As researchers look for ways to help parents better interact with their kids on the spectrum, a new study suggests that families may be able to boost their skills without even leaving home.
In a pilot study looking at 28 families, researchers found that parents could be taught to improve their children's social communication through an online program. And, they found that adding in regular videoconferencing with a therapist further increased the positive impact. 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

New Findings Offer Hope for Those With Severe Hemophilia

Two new studies could pave the way to major changes in how doctors treat severe cases of hemophilia -- a rare genetic disorder that can cause uncontrolled bleeding. Both studies tackle a key challenge: Up to one-third of children with severe hemophilia develop antibodies against the standard therapy. But one study highlights the value of an old therapy, while the other shows promising early results with an experimental drug. Experts said both should stir discussion among doctors, patients and parents who deal with hemophilia. But they were especially hopeful about the new drug, known as emicizumab. Read More

Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA

An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for the federal government to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "For far too long, federal funding for special educational services has fallen short by tens of billions of dollars," Schumer said. "With millions of children living with autism and other developmental disabilities, it's time to provide full federal funding towards the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which will help our nation's children thrive and help countless families breathe easy knowing their kids have the services needed to succeed." Read More


Guess the answer to this week's trivia question and we'll recognize you in next week's Week in Review.

Congratulations to: Denise Keeling, Sounjalynne V. Mata, Olumide Akerele, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Ellen Lilly, Shon Allbritten, Carma Williams, Patsy Ray, Mary Jemiola, Keyuanna Evans, Linda Alford, Laurine Kennedy and Raquel Tolentino who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question
QUESTION: Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But new research from John Hopkins University suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother's body might increase a baby's risk of developing what disorder?


Which city will host the next Special Olympics USA Games in July 2018?
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All answers must be submitted no later than Monday, June 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children

Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes. However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically, such as when they catch a cold. "It makes sense that these children with frequent symptoms require daily treatment, whereas those who wheeze just during viral illnesses may only need treatment during illnesses," study lead author Dr. Sunitha Kaiser, of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. Read More

Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk: Study

Smoking pot while pregnant may increase the risk of premature delivery, a new study suggests.
Women who continue using marijuana up to 20 weeks' gestation have a five times greater increase in the risk of preterm birth, independent of other risk factors, the researchers report. "Not only did continued use of marijuana increase risk for preterm birth, but it also made these births 5 weeks earlier, on average, with a greater number of women delivering very preterm," said senior researcher Claire Roberts, a professor at the University of Adelaide School of Pediatrics and Reproductive Health in Australia. Read More

Kids' Grades May Suffer When Families Move

Moving to a new home may harm young children's school performance, a study suggests. Youngsters who get uprooted are also more likely to have developmental problems, the researchers found. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research included information on more than 19,000 children across the United States. The kids were followed from kindergarten through eighth grade. A child's age at the time of a move may make a big difference, the study authors noted. And the more times a child moved, the more potential for problems, the findings suggested.  Read More

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Feds Allocate Millions For Special Ed Training

With an eye toward increasing the number of school professionals prepared to serve kids with disabilities, federal officials are doling out millions of dollars to enhance training programs. The U.S. Department of Education said this week that it will distribute $13.4 million in grants to colleges and universities across the country to beef up special education training. Of the grants, $4.1 million will go toward helping places of higher learning prepare doctoral students to take on administrator and faculty positions in special education, early intervention and related services, the Education Department said. Read More

Doctors Spot New Vision Problems in Babies Struck by Zika

New eye problems in babies born with a Zika-related birth defect have been identified by researchers. The virus is known to cause microcephaly, in which infants are born with a smaller-than-normal head and brain. And previous research has found that one-third of Brazilian babies with microcephaly have eye problems such as ocular lesions, optic nerve abnormalities and chorioretinal atrophy, a withering of the retina and choroid. The choroid provides oxygen and nutrients to the retina.Read More

Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought?

Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include anencephaly, a fatal condition where a baby's brain does not develop, and a paralyzing spinal cord deformity known as spina bifida. In the late 1990s, health experts found that low folic acid blood levels were linked to both birth defects. So, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated that cereal and grain products be fortified with the B vitamin. Read More

Attorney Appeals Ruling On Disney Access

The legal fight over access to Disney theme-park rides and attractions for people with disabilities shows no signs of ending, despite Disney winning a round in a federal suit in Orlando recently. The plaintiff's attorney in that lawsuit, Andy Dogali of Tampa, has appealed the loss to a higher court. Dogali has filed dozens of lawsuits on behalf of people with disabilities or their families, alleging that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts discriminated against those with autism when the company changed its policies in 2013. Read More

Is Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Offspring's Schizophrenia Risk?

Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk that a child could develop schizophrenia, new research suggests. "This is, so far, the largest study to show an association between prenatal nicotine exposure and schizophrenia," said study author Dr. Solja Niemela. She is a professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at the University of Oulu, Lapland Hospital District, in Rovaniemi, Finland. Although the study didn't prove cause and effect, the finding is the first to be based on blood sample analyses that provided evidence of nicotine exposure in the womb, rather than on less reliable maternal recollections of smoking behavior, Niemela added. Read More

Concussion Tied to More School Problems Than Other Sports Injuries

Students who suffer a concussion may face more school difficulties than their peers with other sports-related injuries, a new study suggests. Researchers found that concussed high school and college students had more trouble performing at a normal academic level one week later compared to students who injured their arms or legs. "Concussed students typically return to school within a week after injury, while their brains are likely still recovering," said Erin Wasserman and colleagues from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in New York. Read More

Fewer U.S. Kids Die From Abusive Head Trauma: CDC

Half as many babies and preschoolers in the United States are dying from abusive head trauma as in 2009, federal health officials reported Thursday. Deaths of children under age 5 from this form of violence dropped an average 13 percent annually between 2009 and 2014, with the biggest falloff in the last two years of the study, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts said the statistics reflect good news -- for the most part. Read More

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Genome Sequencing Provides Diagnosis for Some Types of Intellectual Disability

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is one of the first to show the life-changing benefits of genome-wide sequencing for children with certain kinds of intellectual disability. The work was led by researchers at BC Children's Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the University of British Columbia. The researchers diagnosed 68 per cent of the 41 families in the study with the precise underlying genetic condition and, based on this, were able to offer targeted treatments to more than 40 per cent of cases. They also discovered 11 new disease genes and described new physical traits and symptoms associated with a number of known diseases. Read More

To Help Son With Severe Behaviors, Parents Give Up Custody

Six days a week, the parents feel invisible to their son. They cannot call or text or send emails because 17-year-old Andrew Butler cannot converse or read or write. Relief comes on Saturdays. That's when Mark and Susan Butler make the drive from their home in Whitehall to Andrew's aide-staffed apartment in the southernmost part of the state, a five-hour round-trip that has put thousands of miles on the couple's car and immeasurable stress on the family dynamic. Read More

Social Media Poses Threat to People with Intellectual Disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities are more susceptible to exploitation and abuse, and the rise of the Internet only increases their vulnerability. A first-of-its-kind study co-authored by a Michigan State University scholar finds that adults with Williams syndrome -- who are extremely social and trusting -- use Facebook and other social networking sites frequently and are especially vulnerable to online victimization. Roughly a third of study participants said they would send their photo to an unknown person, arrange to go to the home of a person they met online and keep online relationships from their parents. Read More



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