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For students with learning disabilities, applying to college is a daunting task. An article in the New York Times’ blog, The Choice, reports on a Nacac conference, “Supporting the Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities,” where educators tried to answer some of the nettlesome questions for high school counselors trying to guide students with disabilities — including dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger Syndrome — toward supportive colleges where they might thrive. While the Nacac conference was geared to high school counselors and college admissions officers, there was plenty of useful material for parents, too: * The Association on Higher Education and Disability found that just 28 percent of students with learning disabilities graduate. And only 25 percent of students with disabilities take advantage of the services available to them on campus. * Catherine Axe, the director of Disability Support Services at Brown University, said that it was illegal for colleges to ... keep reading »
A new study of entrepreneurs in the U.S. suggests that dyslexia is much more common among small-business owners than even the experts had thought. A study by London’s Cass Business School reported that more than a third of the U.S. entrepreneurs surveyed — 35 percent — identified themselves as dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely than non-dyslexics to delegate authority and to excel in oral communication and problem solving and were twice as likely to own two or more businesses. The study, reported in The New York Times, was based on a survey of 139 business owners in a wide range of fields across the U.S. The numbers were significantly higher than a similar Cass Business School poll in 2001, in which 20 percent of British entrepreneurs said they were dyslexic. The higher number of dyslexic entrepreneurs in the U.S. is attributed to earlier and more effective intervention by ... keep reading »
Today I attended the Authors Guild protest in New York City, and turnout was good. There were about 100 protesters in all, many who are blind or have sight impairments, along with representatives from the International Dyslexia Association. The protesters teamed up with the Reading Rights Coalition to press the Guild to allow books to be made available in audio versions for use on Amazon’s Kindle 2. The Kindle debuted with text-to-speech capabilities but met resistance from authors and publishers over copyrights. Protesters held signs that said “Print for Some, Audio for Others,” and “No Need for Greed We Want to Read.” Though the protest was aimed against the Guild, chants against Amazon’s Kindle were rampant, including, “Give Us Access to the Kindle.” For the protesters, the event was a demonstration for equal access to books, which the Coalition says blind people have fought for many years to get, without much success. ... keep reading »

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