Dispelling myths about Down syndrome

by Michelle Sie Whitten – When my daughter was born with Down syndrome 11 years ago, I was told by my doctor that she probably wouldn’t live until 3 years old. Beyond that, I was terrified that she would be ostracized or abused by society. Through parenting my brilliant daughter, my fear turned into amazement […]

COMMENTARY

Our educational system should help struggling students

by Sheila Cosgrove Baylis – Channing Tatum never thought of himself as intellectual – he struggled with ADHD and dyslexia in school. “I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. And that made his teen years difficult. “Not having early […]

PARENTING

Public schools may not be able to help your child with dyslexia

by Matthew Bowler – Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability. Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son. Ten year-old Zachary […]

RESEARCH & TECH

Researchers find slower brain connectivity in subjects with ADHD

by Rachel Lutz – Slower brain connectivity developments may be the root of ADHD, according to a study from the University of Michigan.   The brains of children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are slower to develop some key connections, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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EDUCATION

Special education spending is an investment

by Bruce Parker – Special education spending is headed higher again this year. But not to worry. Leaders of Vermont’s public schools say the money’s well spent. Amid calls for property tax and education reform, little attention is being paid to Vermont’s spending on special education. This school year, the Agency of Education projects it […]

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LAW & POLITICS

Senator shares parent concerns about cuts to autism coverage

by Bruce Parker – A Senate Democrat is coming to the rescue of military families who could lose medical help for their autistic children. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says he is “concerned” by controversial changes to the military’s healthcare plan that could leave hundreds of autistic children without a healthcare provider. In a letter to […]

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PERSONAL STORY

We started advocating for our son with Down syndrome minutes after his birth

by Sam Perkins – Pearlene Varjabedian was in her kitchen on an early August afternoon when her phone rang. On the other end was John Howard, the behavior management specialist for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA), where Pearlene’s 10-year-old son Aram was a camper. “He said, ‘Pearlene,’ your son made everyone cry […]