Monday, March 31, 2014

News and Resources from the Past Few Days

AUTISM: YET MORE PREVALENT. The Centers for Disease Control have released information about the prevalence of autism based on numbers from 2010. Overall, the prevalence is now 1 in 68 children, with variation across different parts of the country. Boys are about 5 times more likely to be diagnosed. Find out more.

YOUR CHANCE TO ADVOCATE FOR JAVITS FUNDING ends soon. At the site of NAGC you can find out how to urge US senators to continue funding the Javits program for research on gifted education. If you feel in an advocating kind of mood, go to NAGC's site and do this by April 1.

DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. A week or so ago, the Eides held several events in the San Francisco area to raise awareness of dyslexia, support kids who have it, raise funds, and further the cause of their organization, Dyslexic Advantage. If you're interested in see photos of the events (and seeing who was there) check out their photos at Flickr

DYSLEXIA RESOURCE. A page at (we didn't know what that is either) is titled "NYC Dyslexia Daily." It's an "aggregation" site with pointers to all sorts of news about dyslexia. Find it.

SENG CONFERENCE. SENG's annual conference is in July, but you can see now the sessions the organization has scheduled for attendees. Lots of sessions are 2e-related. Find the schedule.

NCLD has summarized some recent data from the US Department of education relating to the participation of kids with LDs (and who are learning English) in gifted/talented programs. The comments from readers and parents at the end of the article will be particularly resonant with parents of 2e kids (some of the comments are from parents of 2e kids). Read more.

MINERVA SCHOOLS, affiliated with the Keck Graduate Institute in Southern California, has solicited applications from "the brightest and most motivated students around the world" for its inaugural undergraduate class, according to materials supplied by the schools. Students outside of the U.S. make up the majority of students offered admission with 10 countries and five continents represented. Minerva says that the admitted students are extraordinarily gifted and driven individuals with major accomplishments that span intellectual, social, business, and artistic endeavors. Three students are entrepreneurs with thriving businesses, two hold patents, one is the co-founder of an NGO, eight have written and published books, plays, articles, or scientific papers, six are leaders in student publications or broadcast stations, five lead high school sports teams, and four are heads of student government. Find out more at the site of the school.

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