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December 17, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Neb. teacher uses color to help students process visual information
    Using colored overlays while reading text is helping some elementary-school students with visual perception disorders at Ansley Public Schools in Nebraska learn to read. Teacher Nancy Gould is certified to screen students for scotopic sensitivity syndrome, which affects how the brain processes visual information. Screening determines which color would help improve students' visual distortion. "It's not some magic pill, but can be one piece of the puzzles for struggling readers," Gould said. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Fla. teachers' book club empowers members to reform
    A group of Miami-Dade, Fla., educators gather each month for a book club, in which they discuss chapters on school reform and bring their own experiences to the debate. Through discussing the book, the teachers say they are helping each other improve their own practice and reform schools from the bottom up. "Part of this is to empower educators to stop waiting for others to solve their problems. How we can do this ourselves and support each other," asked Stephanie King, co-founder of the book club and a former Florida teacher of the year. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Programmer develops audio-only video game
    Munawar Bijani has created a flight-simulation game that is played using voice prompts and multiple layers of sound so users with vision impairments such as himself can get the sensation of flying. Bijani learned how to play commercial two-dimensional video games, such as "Mortal Combat," based on sound as a child and then programmed his first audio-only game as a teen. "I thought, it would be so cool, if a blind person could actually fly a fighter jet," he said. The Daily Beast (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Colo. offers "buy in" to Medicaid for children with disabilities
    Since July, Colorado has allowed middle-class families with children with severe disabilities to pay a monthly premium to access the Medicaid program to cover expensive, ongoing therapies. So far, 160 children are using the service, and along with an adult with disabilities benefit, more than 8,000 people are expected to sign up over the next three years. "It offers families the chance to get out from the burden of these costs but still have the providers get paid," Suzette Elledge, of Family Voices Colorado, said. The Denver Post (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: 57% of adults say protect federal special-ed funds
    More than half of adults recently surveyed said they believe special education should be protected from federal cuts during budget negotiations over the so-called "fiscal cliff." Special education received more support from respondents than other education programs, including pre-kindergarten and college funding. The nationwide survey of 1,000 adults was conducted in December for the Committee for Education Funding and the Foundation for Education Investment. Disability Scoop (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Minn. college holds symposium for students with autism
    Devin Flagg, a college student with Asperger's syndrome, recently shared tips with peers on transitioning from high school to college. Flagg's advice was part of a symposium hosted by the Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota for students with disabilities. The event focused on college life and how to find assistance. "College has tested my patience, my tenacity and, in rare cases, even my sanity," Flagg said. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Happy 90th Anniversary, CEC!
    In celebration of CEC's 90th Anniversary, we'll be posting an historic article from the collection, Reflections on Inclusion, featuring the seminal works by special education's most distinguished authors. The latest article, "A Rationale for the Merger of Special and Regular Education," promotes one educational system that meets the needs of all students. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Here's your Tool of the Week
    This week's tool, "Sample RTI Model," comes from "Responsiveness to Intervention: A Collection of Articles From TEACHING Exceptional Children," and shows a sample RTI model of the three-tier prevention system used. Subscribe to Tool of the Week, and you'll find a free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. Get your Tool of the Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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