Monday, April 15, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

LD @ 50. A professor of education from Landmark College ruminates about the learning disabilities movement, founded 50 years ago in Chicago, noting some parallels with the Civil Rights movement. Twenty-three years later, Landmark College, the first college in the U.S. for kids with LDs, was founded. Read more.

"DYSLEXIA WORKAROUNDS" is the title of a Wall Street Journal piece on dyslexia, which features prominent dyslexics you've heard of and some you probably haven't. Sallly Shaywitz of Yale is quoted, and the article covers the in-spite-of/because-of dichotomy associated with the success of its subjects. Read the article.

COMEDY AND AUTISM. A man with Asperger's found that he is a different person when performing, and is now a passionate comedian. What's more, he now teaches comedic skills to others on the spectrum to help them open up and"learn other communication modes where they're comfortable. Read more.

COMEDY AND MANIA, PART 1. Jonathan Winters' passing got us thinking along 2e lines. He was obviously extremely creative. Yet the obits noted that he was a "poor student," dropping out of high school. Various celeb/disability sites categorize him as bipolar, ADHD, and or depressed. While his manic genius was unmistakable, his life begs the question, what would it have been like to raise or teach Jonathan Winters? RIP. Read more.

COMEDY AND MANIA, PART 2. Bill Moyers has interviewed comedian Sherman Alexie on "mania, bipolarity, and great art." "Most of the world’s great art has come out of manic periods in the artist’s life," Alexie ventures in the interview. He also talks about his meds and his desire to "be in the middle" when it comes to mood. Find the interview.

SENSORY ISSUES -- the top 13 issues that tell you you're raising a child with them -- is the subject of a blog entry at "" Number 8: "You equate Disney World with hell." The higher-ranking and lower-ranking ones are just as funny and insightful, as are commenters' contributions. Find the blog.

CAMP BROADWAY is a nationwide set of one-week performing "camps" to nurture young talent in the performing arts. We'd never heard of this program (we haven't heard of lots of things), but on its website it posts some great testimonials. Find out more, and if you know anything about this let us know.

FOR GIFTED EDUCATORS. The Davidson Institute for Talent Development and University of Nevada, Reno, have partnered to offer EDSP 723, Education for the Gifted, according to the Institute. The online, three-credit, graduate-level class, which will run from June 10 to August 9, 2013, is designed to introduce key concepts of gifted education to teachers in order to help them better serve the gifted population. Some of the topics examined will include identification, characteristics, gifted definitions and myths about gifted education. Find out more.

DEBORAH RUF, of Educational Options and Talent Igniter, has announced that she will be cutting back on some of her professional activities beginning in February of 2014. According to her April e-newsletter, Dr. Ruf will no longer accept new clients after that date and no longer administer assessments. The newsletter says, "She will, however, continue consulting with current clients as needed. Mostly, though, she hopes to devote her time to research and writing about her passion -- giftedness in children and adults." Evidently TalentIgniter will also continue to benefit from her attention. The newsletter is not yet posted at the Educational Options website.

2e NETWORK LA is on Facebook. This network is a group of locally-centered families concerned with resources for gifted and special needs kids and adults. Find the Facebook page.

MENSA E-LIST. We mentioned this a couple years ago, but were reminded of it over the weekend when a subscriber asked us for a resource for communicating with other parents of gifted kids. The list is called BrightKids, and when we were following it was very active and covered a broad range of support- and information-type topics. 
While the emphasis is on giftedness, occasional non-gifted issues familiar to those in the 2e community crop up. You don't need to be a member of Mensa to join. Find out more.

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