Industry News

Girls on the Spectrum Often Go Unnoticed

January 15, 2019

By: Rita Giordano, The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS
Source:  Disability Scoop PHILADELPHIA — “Weird.” Nichole Lowther has heard the word her whole life. Bright, even charming, she nonetheless never felt comfortable in groups or making small talk. A hard worker, she had a tough time finding or keeping a steady job. Could it have been her unvarying wardrobe, […]

Study Pinpoints Down Syndrome Milestones

January 15, 2019

By: Shaun Heasley
Source:  Disability Scoop Individuals with Down syndrome continue to learn new skills well into adulthood, according to a study that’s offering a timetable of what to expect from those with the chromosomal disorder. Most people with Down syndrome are able to walk by 25 months of age, speak reasonably well by the time […]

NYC Announces $6M Expansion of Free Glasses Program

January 14, 2019

By: Amelia Harper
Source:  Education Dive Dive Brief: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during his State of the City address Thursday that all the city’s kindergarten and 1st grade students will be eligible to get free prescription glasses next school year if they need them, reports. Dive Insight: Students who can’t see well […]

Feds Weigh Changes to Work Rules for People with Disabilities

January 14, 2019

By: Michelle Diament
Source:  Disability Scoop The Trump administration is planning to rethink existing regulations that radically altered the transition from school to work for people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to issue a proposal this month changing how the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is implemented. The 2014 law requires that individuals […]

How the Shutdown Is Starting to Impact Schools

January 13, 2019

By: Denisa R. Superville
Source:  Education Week More than three weeks into what’s now the longest federal government shutdown in history, school district officials are making plans to cope with the impacts on students, families, and their own operations should it drag on. The current closure is different from earlier shutdowns because the agencies from which school […]

New York City Will Offer Free Eyeglasses to All Kindergarteners and First Graders

January 10, 2019

By: Alex Zimmerman
Source:  Chalkbeat All New York City kindergarteners and first graders will receive prescription eyeglasses if they need them starting next school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce Thursday during his annual State of the City address. The program already exists in 224 so-called “community schools” across the city, which get additional social […]

Wearable Device May Be Able to Predict Autism Aggression

January 8, 2019

By: Joe Lawlor, Portland Press Herald/TNS
Source:  Disability Scoop WESTBROOK, Maine — Ethan Datsis examined what appeared to be a watch, turning it over a few times before agreeing to have a health professional attach it to his wrist. He seemed to forget about it while anticipating a spaghetti dinner, one of his favorite meals. Ethan, […]

How Teachers Can Support and Challenge Twice-Exceptional Students

January 8, 2019

By: Caroline Galeota
Source:  Education Week When I first started my student teaching, I understood that all of my students would have specific learning needs that must be addressed throughout the school year. As a teacher with dual certifications in elementary education and special education, I knew I would need to support students with a wide […]