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Born With Down Syndrome, Shy Teen Competes In Bodybuilding
By: Joanne Kimberlin Source: Disability Scoop Life hasn’t been easy for Jon Atkins. Born with Down syndrome, he deals with a lot of just-can’t-dos. It took years to learn to count to 10. At 19, he’s able to read 30 or so words. Fine motor...
School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don’t Yet Know If That’s Good News
By: Anya Kamenetz Source: NPR We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America’s largest school districts...
Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?
By: Melinda D. Anderson Source: The Atlantic  For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a...
Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility
By: Shaun Heasley Source: Disability Scoop Nike is taking steps toward increased accessibility with a new shoe designed to make it even easier for people with disabilities to slip their feet in and out. The athletic-wear giant said this week that it’s introducing a new...
‘To the parents of children who stare at my disabled daughter’
By: Valerie Strauss Source: The Washington Post Daniel Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. His research once centered on the brain basis of learning and memory, but for more than 15 years, he has...
The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student
By: Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner Source: NPR School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling. The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching...
Georgia Program for Children with Disabilities: ‘Separate and Unequal’ Education?
By: Timothy Pratt Source: The Hechinger Report Brent Agnew remembers feeling a sense of relief when he left the meeting called to discuss his 6-year-old son Caleb’s anxiety attacks. As he and his wife, Jennifer, walked into the parking lot outside the E E Butler...
Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs’
By: Shaun Heasley Source: Disability Scoop With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are “special.” Dubbed “Not Special Needs,” the two-minute clip stars “Glee” actress Lauren Potter...
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