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Learning Disabilities

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Meet An Inspiring Former Special Olympics Athlete From 'The Specials'

OWN | Posted 09.05.2014 | OWN

Megan, Sam, Hilly, Lucy, and Lewis are five childhood friends with intellectual disabilities who live together in Brighton, UK. The ups and downs they...

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

I'm a Scientist With Learning Disabilities and That's Okay!

Collin Diedrich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Science
Collin Diedrich

Intelligence, like pretty much everything else subjective, is on a spectrum. And just because you may be lower than average in one or every single area, doesn't have anything to do with how good you will be at your job whether that's a scientist, clinician or business woman.

Reading -- A Matter of Health

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Bill Couzens

Reading is not only critical for getting food on the table, but also for understanding what food makes a difference in impacting health.

Working Together to Support Students With Learning Differences

Rachel Brody | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Rachel Brody

As managing director of Teach For America's Special Education and Ability Initiative, I was disappointed to see the critical work of our special educa...

Learning Differences in College: When Students Seek Help and When They Don't

Amanda Golden | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Amanda Golden

By the time students reach college, they are familiar with the kinds of challenges that their own learning differences present for their ways of study. Rather than trying to get special assistance, many students prefer to "just deal with it" on their own.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

Big Girls Don't Cry

Nikki Luongo | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

We all have that ambition to be remembered for something great, and when you're learning-disabled, it's even harder because you're constantly fighting the system to pull yourself out of this label that because your disabled you aren't able to do anything.

Time to Dethrone the Standardized Test

Kyle Redford | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

Last week a study that raises questions about the value of standardized test scores as a predictor of college success was released. My hope is that the findings will launch a long-overdue cultural conversation about the "gatekeeper" role these tests play in the college admissions process.

A Present for Colin

Nikki Luongo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It doesn't matter if you're the most popular kid in school or the A/V nerd, but what happens when someone who's trying desperately to make friends can't because of a disability? People don't understand what they can't see and because of it kids like a boy named Colin from Michigan suffer.

Daniel Koffler Fuses Old Practices With New Technology, and Offers 5 Key Tips for Students Struggling With Learning Disabilities

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Daniel and his team are experts in assisting students with challenges in academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

The Teacher Who Saved Me, From Erin Brockovich (VIDEO)

Posted 11.25.2013 | MarloThomas

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich joined me on Mondays with Marlo to share some of her insight on bullying and learning disabilities. As a kid, Er...

Joy to the World

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

Some may say the heavenly visitors appeared at the exact time of TJ's passing by Divine appointment. What better way to help ease his little sisters' pain then by letting them know their brother and his friend were in heaven?

Breaking Dishes: A Lifetime With a Lesser-known Disability

Julia Musto | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Julia Musto

It's hard to show others who you truly are, and to have them see your life through your eyes. Some people won't understand, and cannot hope to. It's not like I have ADD or another well-known learning disability.

The 6-Letter Word Parents Need To Stop Using

www.upworthy.com | Posted 01.05.2014 | Parents

This poem was written for my son....

Talking it Out

Cory Zacker | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Cory Zacker

Let's face it, raising children is a hard job. It's wonderful, fulfilling and life affirming, but it's also hard. For some that's a dirty little secret. For me, not so much.

Dyslexia: Our Children Deserve an Honest Chance!

Merel Bakker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Merel Bakker

Reading, writing, happiness and self-confidence are all fundamental rights and skills that can be learned. We just have to understand how and make them accessible to those who need our help!

Stunning Dollhouses Built For Children With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

These aren't your typical Barbie Dream Houses. Twenty acclaimed modern architects were enlisted by British property developer Cathedral Group to de...

It's Called Dyslexia

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

A diagnosis of dyslexia is not the end of the world. In fact it can be the beginning of a beautiful journey because as you learn to deal with the obstacles, you also discover the gifts that a dyslexic brain has that open doors to an amazing future.

How to Avoid Battles Over Homework

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

More often than not, battles over homework lead to vicious cycles of nagging by parents and avoidance or refusal by children, with no improvement in a child's school performance -- and certainly no progress toward what should be our ultimate goals.

Why Education Needs More Radioactive Spiders

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Scott Barry Kaufman

I wonder how many children we write off as "slow" when all it would take is a figurative radioactive spider bite to show what they are really capable of. I also wonder how many high-ability children fall between the cracks because of messages they receive from teachers that indicate that high ability is all they need.

People with Disabilities as Social Outcasts: Shifting the Perspective from Victim to Advocate

Helen Okobokekeimei | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Helen Okobokekeimei

My parents could not respect and accept me because I was different. They are still in denial that I have a learning disability.

Book Review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 09.28.2013 | Books
Alvaro Fernandez

Just a couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that "brain fitness" is a me...