Monday, May 14, 2012

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

ACT, SAT ACCOMMODATIONS. We noted last week a Chicago Tribune article "exposing" how well-off families supposedly gamed the system by using LD diagnoses to get extra time for their children on standardized tests such as the ACT. An Education Week blogger on the topic of special ed took notice of that article as well, and responded in a posting today, May 14. The blogger found that, nationwide, about five percent of ACT takers were accommodated in one way or another in the 2010-2011 school year. SAT did not provide comparable numbers, but said that 85 percent of accommodation requests were approved. The blogger also noted a U.S. Government Accountability Office report indicating that getting accommodations can be expensive or difficult in other ways. Find the blog.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY. An article in the The State (South Carolina) newspaper described how one private school educator -- who struggled with dyslexia as a child -- uses various forms of high-tech (iPad) and low-tech (rocking chair) methods to help students learn better. She uses A.T. to help students with dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyslexia, among other conditions. Find the article. Separately, a writer at the Mashable website has posted "10 Ways to Optimize Your iPad for Kids with Special Needs." Go there.
ASD IN COLLEGE. At WebMD, a writer explores the issues involved for those with autism in transitioning from secondary school to college or other ventures. The writer notes a survey that found one in three autistic teens went on to college, and describes the process that one family (which happened to be that of an executive vice president of Autism Speaks) went through to explore options for their autistic son. Go to the article.
AND FINALLY, THIS. The psychiatrist who led the task force that created the DSM-IV wonders in a New York Times opinion piece whether the American Psychiatric Association should lose its controlling monopoly on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He writes, "Times have changed, the role of psychiatric diagnosis has changed, and the association has changed. It is no longer capable of being sole fiduciary of a task that has become so consequential to public health and public policy." Read more

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