Reykjavik Grapevine: New Website Shows Accessibility Performance At Secondary Schools

Reykjavik Grapevine: New Website Shows Accessibility Performance At Secondary Schools. “The Union of Icelandic Secondary School Students has launched the Support Bank, which ranks school performance on accessibility and services for those with learning needs, RÚV reports. The website was developed with input from students with learning needs. Questionnaires were sent to schools to collect the data for the website.”

EurekAlert: Flickering screens may help children with reading and writing difficulties

EurekAlert: Flickering screens may help children with reading and writing difficulties. “Previous studies have shown that children with attention difficulties and/or ADHD solve cognitive tasks better when they are exposed to auditory white noise. However, this is the first time that such a link has been demonstrated between visual white noise and cognitive abilities such as memory, reading and non-word decoding in children with reading and writing difficulties.”

The Guardian: Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities

The Guardian: Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities. “People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog. Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.”

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020)

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020). “Bob Cunningham, Executive Director of learning development at Understood, and Amanda Morin, Family Advocate and mom to kids who learn differently, shared information about Take N.O.T.E. Take N.O.T.E. is a new initiative launched in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics that includes the first memory device designed to help families spot the signs of possible learning disabilities and ADHD. The initiative’s digital resource provides families with the tools to notice, observe and track patterns in their child’s behavior with downloadable tools.”

The Print: India’s online classrooms are outdated for disabled kids. Covid just made it worse

The Print: India’s online classrooms are outdated for disabled kids. Covid just made it worse. “The manner in which digital education is being made accessible is outdated and uncoordinated. In 2012, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) published a National Policy on ICT in School Education, which is silent on universal design principles for digital education and does not refer to the most up-to-date Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that were released in 2018.”

University of Arkansas: Webinar Series to Give Caregivers Tips for Teaching Children With Disabilities During Pandemic

University of Arkansas: Webinar Series to Give Caregivers Tips for Teaching Children With Disabilities During Pandemic. “University of Arkansas professor Peggy Schaefer-Whitby has teamed up with the state’s Center for Exceptional Families to support caregivers who are educating children with disabilities at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a dozen special education experts across Arkansas — and two other states — have created a three-part webinar series to assist parents who may be struggling.”

University of Kansas: $2.5m Grant Will Support Online Tool That Helps Students Grasp Science Concepts

University of Kansas: $2.5m Grant Will Support Online Tool That Helps Students Grasp Science Concepts. “Researchers at the University of Kansas and CAST, a nonprofit and founders of the universal design for learning framework, have won a grant to improve a tool that has proven effective at helping students, especially those with disabilities, grasp science concepts by making it more teacher-friendly and sustainable to use in classrooms.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tools to instruct and assess English learners with significant cognitive disabilities

University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tools to instruct and assess English learners with significant cognitive disabilities. “Now, due to work by a team of education professionals and researchers — and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education — groundbreaking instructional materials and guides are available to help educators understand alternate English language development and assessment for students who have diverse needs related to language and disability. The comprehensive series of nearly 30 reports, briefs, tools, presentations and other resources is available online and by mail at no charge.”

Florida State University: FSU researchers receive $3M to create national repository for data on learning disabilities

Florida State University: FSU researchers receive $3M to create national repository for data on learning disabilities . “The federal government will award nearly $3 million over five years to researchers at Florida State University, so they can build a first-of-its-kind national data repository that aims to inspire innovative research that helps children with learning disabilities.”

ITV News: New project uncovers hidden histories of people with learning disabilities

ITV News: New project uncovers hidden histories of people with learning disabilities. “A new project is being launched that captures the stories of friendships and relationships of people with learning disabilities. The project, led by Mencap Cymru, will allow people with learning disabilities to be involved in the interpretation of their own history and design of public exhibitions. For the first time, they will be representing themselves, where historically a family member, friend or medical professional would have undertaken the role.”