Monday, October 17, 2016

Portland Followup, OCD, Scholarship, Advocacy, More

PORTLAND FOLLOW-UP. Officials in the Portland, Oregon, public school district have acknowledged the "appearance of an impermissible reliance on consideration of a disabling condition" in considering students for entry to its gifted program." As you might remember, district personnel were caught annotating program applications with comments such as "Asperger's." The parents of 2e students in the district filed complaints. The story has been reported by Find the latest story.

LAST WEEK WAS OCD AWARENESS WEEK, and The Washington Post published a couple articles on the topic. In one, columnist Valerie Strauss provided some background on the incidence and onset of OCD as an introduction to an account of of "what OCD does to a young mind when it grows unchecked." Find the article. In the second article, Strauss provided information on what OCD looks like in school children. Find the article.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities has opened the application process for the 2017 Fred J.Epstein Youth Achievement Award. According to the organization, the awards "celebrate outstanding accomplishments of young people with LD and ADHD who have already done amazing things, leaving an indelible mark on their schools and communities." Entry deadline: December 31. Find out more.

AUTISM SPEAKS, an 11-year-old non-profit advocacy organization, has changed its charter. It no longer includes seeking a cure for ASD. Disability Scoop reports on the revised mission statement of the organization; read more.

DYSLEXIA. A special educator writing at describes how she discovered that her husband was dyslexic, and how she wound up with two dyslexic children. She offers some information on what dyslexia is and isn't. Of special note is her participation in Utah's Decoding Dyslexia movement which was instrumental in enacting state legislation to improve screening and intervention for students with dyslexia. Find the article (and see how her husband's reading skills turned out).

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF PHOBIAS is the title of a webinar on October 18 from 5:30 to 8 Eastern Time. Registration by midnight tonight (the 17th) is required. Find out more. (We think this is a webinar and not a live event; the description is not clear. Hopefully registrants are told whether to show up online or in person in Washington, DC.)

UNDERSTOOD WEBINAR. On October 20, Understood is offering a webinar titled "Talking to Your Child About ADHD and Dyslexia." Understood says the webinar will offer tips for discussing your child's issues. Find out more.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. We pointed to an article recently that emphasized the importance of really listening to what your child tells you, something many of us probably can use periodic reminders about. A discerning reader (thanks, Diane) noticed something we didn't -- that the article also mentioned the writer's use of spanking as a punishment. We want to state that we do not condone spanking or other forms of corporal punishment. And, by coincidence, Education Week is offering a free webinar on the topic; find out more.

PARENT MEET-UP. Parents of 2e kiddos in the San Luis Obispo, California, area are invited to meet with others on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Find out more.

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