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October 8, 2013 | New York Magazine
Ethical Parenting: Is There Such a Thing? Just Ask Your Children.
Is it acceptable to bend or even break ethical rules to get your child the services that he needs? Is there such a thing as ethical parenting? These are the kinds of moral questions that parents sometimes face, especially where education resources are scarce or limited. The author of this article explores the line between advocating for your child and taking an unfair advantage. She writes that when it comes to moral and ethical decision-making, recent surveys show that children take their cues from parents.
Could one way to promote ethical parenting be to minimize the stress that parents face? Here is a helpful article on coping strategies for parents.
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October 7, 2013 | Edutopia
Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction
Teachers and educators will soon face a decision—how much writing through computerized dictation will they allow in schools? As dictation technology becomes less and less expensive and more widely used, many students may choose to write essays and reports by voice. Schools went through a similar transition when devices such as calculators and internet research tools became available. All of this raises questions about how much we, as a society, value typing as a skill or view typing as necessary to succeed in the world.
Are you up-to-date on all the technology options for students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia? Here’s an article that lists our favorite mobile apps.
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October 5, 2013 | The Guardian
How Robert Redford’s Family Are Changing Our Thinking on Dyslexia
Dylan Redford, the grandson of Robert Redford, has dyslexia and is profiled in a new documentary, The Big Picture. The film is directed by James Redford, who is Robert Redford’s son. The Big Picture delves into personal stories of people with dyslexia, as well as new research inspired by neuroscience and brain imaging. The film was part of the official selection in 2012 for the Sundance film festival, which Robert Redford founded.
How can you help change the conversation and raise awareness about dyslexia? Read this article on the basics of dyslexia and share it with your friends and family.
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September 30, 2013 | NBC 6 South Florida
Most Educators Think Cursive Is Obsolete but Not All
Is cursive obsolete? Across the country, school districts are phasing out the teaching of cursive to students as a skill that no longer seems relevant in a world of laptops, digital tablets and mobile technology. Indeed, the new Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states, do not require cursive. However, some educators still believe that cursive can help students to think and to write.
Cursive may be an easier writing option for some students who have dysgraphia. However, it is still an open question whether the demise of cursive is good or bad for students with learning and attention issues.
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September 26, 2013 | LinkedIn
Dyslexia Made Me Stronger
Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, a practicing cardiac surgeon, says that dyslexia made him stronger. In a LinkedIn post, Toby writes that “[c]hallenges can make us better” and if you have the right support and are able to persevere, you can come through with a powerful work ethic and perspective. Today, Toby is the CEO and President of the Cleveland Clinic, widely regarded as one of the top four medical hospitals in the United States.
If you have dyslexia, can you become a doctor? Of course, you can! Read more about dyslexia in adulthood.
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September 21, 2013 | New York Times
Quandary of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?
Do you conceal or reveal a hidden disability? It’s a complex question. On one hand, if you disclose, you risk being stigmatized by the disability. On the other, if you conceal, you risk being misunderstood when the disability hampers your performance or interactions. This New York Times article interviews a number of people with hidden disabilities and reports on how they conceal or disclose their disabilities.
Are you considering whether to disclose your disability at work? Read our article that gives helpful advice on the decision and what to do if you decide to disclose.
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September 16, 2013 | Boston Magazine
Brain Scans May Lead to Early Intervention for Dyslexia
New research using brain scans could change the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. In a recent paper in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that individuals with poor phonological awareness have observable differences in brain scans. The paper uses scans from 40 children to demonstrate this link.
Although promising, the use of brain scans to diagnose and treat dyslexia is still experimental. Parents should exercise caution and wait for more research before going further. Recently, author and businessperson, Ben Foss, provided images showing how his dyslexia shows up on an fMRI scan. Take a look at Ben's brain.
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September 13, 2013 | New York Times
Girl’s Suicide Points to Rise in Apps Used by Cyberbullies
Last week, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, became the latest victim of cyberbullying. After being threatened and taunted online for over a year, she jumped to her death at an abandoned cement plant near her home in Florida. According to some news reports, her mother had complained to school officials for several months about the bullying and also had her change schools. The cyberbullying took place on a number of new mobile applications—ask.fm, and Kik and Voxer—that parents may not be familiar with.
Have you spoken to your child about cyberbullying? If not, please do so. Here are some resources to help start that conversation.
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September 11, 2013 | New York Times
Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
Over the years, several studies have concluded that social and emotional skills may be better predictors of life success than standard academic measures. Relying on this evidence, a growing number of educators and psychologists are trying to infuse “social and emotional learning” into school curriculums and even into teacher training. The bigger question is whether these efforts will ultimately succeed.
We believe that social and emotional skills are crucial to the success of children in school, work and life. Read our helpful tips on how to help your child build these skills.
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September 4, 2013 | HuffPost Impact
The Seven Percent Wake Up Call
The US Labor Department has issued rules that will require most government contractors to set goals that workers with disabilities make up seven percent of employees and veterans make up eight percent. These goals are not mandatory quotas, but companies will have to document their efforts to reach them. Companies will also have to examine how they recruit and reach out to workers who are disabled or veterans. Because federal contractors represent 22 percent of the national workforce, the new rules could have a major impact.
Looking for a job? We have resources that can help you make the most of your interests and abilities.