Saturday, January 5, 2013

News Items from the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

RULING IN SPECIAL ED PLACEMENT. According to Education Week, a federal court has ruled that a Colorado school district is liable for reimbursing parents of a child with learning disabilities for the cost of an out-of-state residential treatment facility, even when the parents unilaterally moved the child to the facility. The case pitted the district as well as school boards from the region against the parents and the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more

ANXIOUS GOLFER. A talented professional golfer who has issues with anxiety is the subject of an article in The New York Times. Charlie Beljan, described as "a people magnet," won a recent tournament in spite of an on-the-course panic attack. Of the publicity he has received, he says, "I still think it’s pretty neat that I brought the issue that affects millions daily to the public eye.” Find the article

GIFTED IN GERMANY. A German broadcaster featured the Maximilianeum in Munich, a residential college for some of Bavaria's most gifted students. The name comes from King Maximilian II, who 160 years ago began a foundation for gifted children. Attendance is free; the selection process is rigorous; and students are expected to be well rounded. A German education expert is quoted as saying, "In Germany... we're shy about giftedness." Read more

50 QUESTIONS ABOUT LD. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has compiled a free e-book for parents facing issues related to LDs. Find it at the NCLD site

DC-AREA EVENT. The Weinfeld Education Group is holding its fourth annual Diamonds in the Rough conference focusing on special learning needs. The featured topic this March: family quality of life. The keynote address is to be by Eustacia Cutler, mother of Temple Grandin. Find out more

NEWTOWN FALLOUT CONTINUES. We encountered two more articles recently refuting any connection between Asperger's and the violence in Newtown. One is by a CNN producer and is titled, "I have Asperger's; I am just like you"; find it. The other is on LinkedIn and written by a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. He writes "Asperger Syndrome: Not to be mistaken for psycho-pathology." If you're on LinkedIn, find it here

PEDIATRICIANS WANT RECESS -- for kids, that is. A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the need for recess during the day and recommends not taking away recess as punishment. Among the benefits: a better ability to pay attention and better mental performance. Read more


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