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Extractions: home site index about us contact information Search EDUCATION AND LITERACY ADULT EDUCATION The Adult Education program addresses the special needs of adults requiring skills training to continue their education and find employment. Local programs in basic academics, life coping skills and secondary adult education are funded throughout the state. For more information, call TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY (AUSTIN) (512) 463-9294 LITERACY PROGRAM Adult literacy programs are offered in community colleges throughout Texas. For information and assistance in locating the program in your area, contact the Developmental Studies Department of your local community college or contact: TEXAS LITERACY COUNCIL TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (AUSTIN) 1-800-441-READ COLLEGE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial aid programs help students pay for college. Student financial aid may be grouped in these categories: - Scholarships - Service awards (such as athletic or music) - Jobs - Loans The financial aid director at the college or university of the student's choice is the primary contact for financial aid. To be considered, the student should contact the financial aid office in the selected school as early as the fall semester prior to the year he or she desires to enroll. Graduating seniors should apply for assistance during the fall term of their senior year.
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Extractions: Can you guess who's coming? Today is the day Dave and Skippy are coming to Dustin's schooland that makes it the the biggest day ever! Join Dustin and his friends in Grant School's regular and special-education classes as they get ready to welcome their unusual guests. Dustin's Big School Day is another collaboration by writer Alden R. Carter and photographers Dan Young and Carol Carter for and about children with special needs. Big Brother Dustin , their 1997 book featuring Dustin, won wide acclaim, including an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, a Sesame Street Parents Reviewer's Choice, a Children's Cooperative Book Center Choice, and a Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Award. Recommended in Parenting Magazine Recommended in L.A. Parent Magazine Recommended by
ECS Education Issue Document South Carolina. South Carolina has eight different weights for special educationstudents in its financing formula. Learning disabled 1.74. texas. http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/14/99/1499.htm
Extractions: ECS StateNotes Special Education - Finance Education Commission of the States 700 Broadway, Suite 1200 Denver, CO 80203-3460 303-299-3600 fax 303-296-8332 www.ecs.org Special Education - Finance September 2000 States have chosen several different ways to incorporate the higher cost of educating a special education student into their financing formulas. Some states, such as New Hampshire, simply weight all special education students the same in their formulas. This means that a student with a substantial physical disability has the same weight as a student with a minor reading disability if both students are enrolled in special education programs. Some states have created subcategories of special education students and provided each of those with a specific weight (e.g, South Carolina and Texas). Another approach is to weight a student based on his or her ability to spend time in a regular classroom (e.g., Iowa). This system provides the student a higher formula weight for the extra time he or she must spend outside of a regular classroom. A fourth approach is to provide all special education students with a single weight plus an additional weight based on the districts financial need (e.g., New York). A further description of each of these systems, along with Web links, can be found below.
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Extractions: Statistics by Linda Schrock Taylor Response to my article regarding the lack of educational policies and procedures for "Remediation and Release" of special education students ( No Exit: The "Black Hole" of Special Education ) has been extensive. Letters from individuals interested and involved in the problem parents, teachers, students, administrators, voters have added yet more names and stories that tell of the depth and hopelessness of the current "permanent placement/black hole" process that holds special needs children in a system which seldom offers a positive or acceptable exit. Typical of the letters was communication from a retired Texas principal who stated that in twenty (20) years the only children released from special education in his district were the "speech and language" students. He also noted that, in his opinion, the "speech and language" clinicians were far better trained than the special education teachers. (I agree with that opinion but will discuss that at another time.) I contacted the Office of Special Education, Michigan Department of Education, and asked for the percentage of students who successfully return to full time general education. A consultant directed me to a Table available on the Internet (
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Extractions: USE THIS MENU TO JUMP TO SECTION HEADINGS: TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITIES SPECIAL EDUCATION ... top Technology and Disabilities Organizations top Software and Equipment Vendors Attainment http://www.attainmentcompany.com/ Save on augmentative communication, software, video, and print/kits. Don Johnston http://www.donjohnston.com/ We provide the high-quality intervention products that struggling students and students with disabilities need to achieve literacy. Edmark http://www.edmark.com/ Edtech http://www.edtech.com/ For over seven years, ETI has been helping schools purchase quality technology products and services that enhance teachin and learning. Hach Henter-Joyce http://www.hj.com/ Using JAWS for Windows Screen Reader and MAGic Screen Magnification software developed by Henter-Joyce, blind or visually impaired computer users access a wide variety of information, education and job-related applications. Innocomp http://www.sayitall.com/
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Extractions: Posted 4/30/02 MMR study 'letdown' for autism families Autoimmunity in autism Mercury fills may be ailing dentists Dentists had excess mercury in their urine and nails: study Interns, autistic students learn from each other ... The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) is taking part in a nationwide trial seeking a treatment for autism. Posted 4/28/02 Swimming glory for Ulster pair in Monaco Special Olympics duo home with silverware Autistic Children Show Improvement With Detoxification Outbursts in public challenging for parents Autism: A child stolen What goes on behind those eyes ... The Secrets of Autism The number of children diagnosed with autism and Asperger's in the U.S. is exploding. Why? (Check this out!) Measles jab decline worry for Republic Parents address challenge of autism Autism intervention making a difference in children's lives The mouse that roared: Autistic boy's death prompts recollections ... County millage plan eases special ed costs on schools Posted 4/26/02 Jordan is playing Greenspan method helps bring autistic boy back to real world China Has 400,000 to 500,000 Children Suffering from Autism Students with autism show improvements in kindergarten class Court rejects schools' appeal Ruling backs state in denying funds for mandated programs ... Taking flight: Kite Day for autistic children will be on Bose Mountain Posted 4/25/02 Neurology, Psychiatry Both Needed In Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
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Extractions: Photo: Anja Hitzenberger Walter Thompson has been a music educator for 30 years, fostering personal creativity in students through his method Soundpainting: Innovations in Teaching Composition and Improvisation . Soundpainting Education Programs have reached students in public and private schools (grades K-12) throughout the United States and Europe, and have reached special-needs populations, including disabled citizens and at-risk youth, through organizations such as the Ulster-Greene Association for Retarded Citizens (Kingston, NY) and Bellevue Hospital (NYC). Soundpainting: Innovations in Teaching Composition and Improvisation has also been presented at professional conferences of the International Society for Music Education, the International Association of Schools of Jazz, the New York State School Music Association, the Artists and Teachers Institute at Rutgers University, the Michigan Collegiate Music Education Conference Diversity in the New Millennium , and several conferences affiliated with MENC: The National Association for Music Education (formerly Music Educators National Conference).
The Special Education Home Page Links To The Best special Education Sites On The Net!Category Reference Education special Education Turner's Syndrome Society texas. special Olympics; US Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association. UsenetDiscussion Groups KID LINK; alt.education.disabled; alt.support http://specialed.freeyellow.com/
Extractions: Notes: IGNORANCE IS OUR BIGGEST FOE!! Decide today to achieve your goal by understanding all there is to know about your particular area of interest in Special Education. Remember, if you're a parent, the most important thing to you should be your family! Make sure that you do everything possible to help your children live and succeed with the disabilities they may have. If you're a student, you must understand that there is NO secret potion or formula! Knowledge will help you comprehend what your disability is all about and Hard Work will help you to better live and succeed with it! These are the only ways you will achieve your goals!! Best wishes and good luck to everyone! 2002-2003 School Year
Extractions: May 22, 2002 by David Salisbury David Salisbury is director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute. Peter, age 12, is visually impaired. His parents wanted him to attend the Texas School for the blind in Austin, Texas, but school officials at Peter's local public school wouldn't let him. They felt they knew better than Peter's mother and father what was best for him. To most people, it seems rather patronizing for public school administrators to presume to make such a decision for Peter's parents. Unfortunately, current federal policy places government-not parents-in the primary decision-making role when it comes to children with disabilities. Since 1975, a law known as the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) mandates that public schools create Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) for children with disabilities. That may sound good, but the process for setting up an IEP is too often stacked against the parents. The process involves lengthy meetings with school officials, counselors and teachers. Disagreements over the IEP often have to be resolved in court. Consequently, only the more affluent parents-those who can afford attorneys-are able to navigate the process successfully. The children of other parents often receive little benefit from being in "special ed." Congress has an opportunity this year to turn this situation around and put parents-rather than school officials and attorneys-in control of the process. How? By replacing the contentious IEP process with pure parental choice. To do this, Congress would have to amend IDEA and allow states to adopt instead a parental choice model. In those states, parents of a special needs child could place their child in any school, public or private. The cost would be limited to what the public school normally pays for a child with a similar disability. The parents can use the local public school if they want. But they would always have the option of selecting another public or private school. Such a policy would be a tremendous victory for parents of disabled children, who now are stuck with whatever local education officials decide to provide.
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Extractions: Volume I : Issue I : July 2002 A Newsletter produced and published by Network for Inclusive Education NIE (www.enablinginclusion.org) of for Private Circulation Only Dear Friends, Welcome to Samanvaya news of Network for Inclusive Education NIE! Most people look extremely quizzical when we talk about Inclusive Education. It sure is a new perspective in the field of Education and is a concept that needs to be evolved. We at NIE really want you to think and are just trying to provide a platform for thought. It takes every drop to make an ocean, lets ALL support and do whatever however little or big for this cause. We came up with a lot of names for this newsletter but finally we settled with Samanvaya as it means 'Harmony' in sanskrit and thats what we are advocating with Inclusive Education. This issue of the newsletter brings to light various experiences and initiatives of Inclusion happening around India. Network for Inclusive Education is an information network committed to promoting the participation of marginalized groups all over South Asia. The aim is to support those who are developing initiatives that will enable ALL to experience the benefits of a relevant and enriching form of Inclusion.
Inclusion Confusion Fifth Circuit Court, which covers the state of texas. level or ability as nondisabledstudents, in assistance provided by itinerant special education teachers http://www.atpe.org/TeachersToolbag/incconfuse.html
Extractions: Daniel, a 4-year-old with Down's Syndrome, has a developmental age of between 2 and 3 years, and the communication skills of a 1- to 2-year-old. He spends half his day in an early childhood class designed specifically for special-needs children. He spends the other half of his day in a regular prekindergarten class, where he requires almost constant attention from the teacher and is not progressing with his classmates. The question that is now before his admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committee is whether he should continue to be included in the prekindergarten classroom.
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Extractions: Summary The National Fire Protection Association recommends that each state agency have a fire or emergency evacuation plan for disabled employees, but many of these plans may be outdated and inadequate. If more than one agency occupies a building, the procedures are different for each agency. On the national level, The Access Board, an independent federal agency that reviews accessibility for people with disabilities, recommends state agencies do the following to ensure safe evacuation of employees with disabilities: Purchase evacuation chairs for wheelchair-bound persons.
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Extractions: While President Clinton calls for 3,000 charter schools by decade's end, his administration's lawyer-activists at the U.S. Education Department are doing all they can to savage these independent public schools of choice, now numbering around 700 nationally. First blood was drawn recently by Norma Cantu, a veteran of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund and now head of the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR). (Cantu's mischief was last exposed in these pages by David Tell on 8/11/97: "Norma Cantu's Cant.") Last month, Cantu's Boston office handed down two precedent-setting and outrageous rulings against the Boston Renaissance Charter School in response to allegations of discrimination by the school against a fifth-grade girl and a first-grade boy with "attention deficit disorder." Both youngsters are African-American. Here are the facts: The Boston Renaissance School, which is managed by the for-profit Edison Project on behalf of the non-profit community group that obtained a charter from the state in 1995, enrolls over a thousand students in grades K-8. It's one of the country's largest and most celebrated charter schools. Three-quarters of its students are minority; 12 percent are disabled.
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Extractions: This article was updated November 5, 2001 Inclusion remains a controversial concept in education because it relates to educational and social values, as well as to our sense of individual worth. Any discussion about inclusion should address several important questions: There are advocates on both sides of the issue. James Kauffman of the University of Virginia views inclusion as a policy driven by an unrealistic expectation that money will be saved. Furthermore, he argues that trying to force all students into the inclusion mold is just as coercive and discriminatory as trying to force all students into the mold of a special education class or residential institution. At the other end of the spectrum are those who believe that all students belong in the regular education classroom, and that "good" teachers are those who can meet the needs of all the students, regardless of what those needs may be.
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