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High-stakes testing and students with disabilities: challenges and promises.(Report)

The use of high-stakes testing has become an increasingly popular assessment for schools to use in demonstrating individual academic performance of students, and providing accountability for school improvement.

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Estimating the prevalence of substance use, abuse, and dependence among social security disability benefit recipients.

With the passage of Public Law 104-121, the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996, the federal Social Security Administration was no longer allowed to grant disability benefits to persons whose primary diagnosis was one of substance abuse or dependence. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004a), a nationally representative household survey, uses validated scales to measure rates of substance abuse and dependence among the U.S. population.

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Early transition experiences of transition-age child SSI recipients: new evidence from the National Survey of Children and Families.(Supplemental Security Income)(Report)

This article describes the challenges faced by pretransition-age (14 to 17 years) young people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and outlines potential policy options to support their transition. The article is based on a descriptive analysis of newly released data from the 2001 National Survey of SSI Children and Families and the results of interviews with key policy experts. We find that in addition to their health status, these young people face a multidimensional set of difficulties in making a successful transition, including a high prevalence of family disadvantage, problems in school, and trouble with the police….

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Teacher perceptions and the consequential validity of an alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.(Report)

The purpose of this investigation was to understand the variables that influence teachers’ perceptions regarding one state’s alternate assessment process and results. Elementary and secondary special education teachers (N = 113) from across Wisconsin participated, submitting case materials for one of their students. These materials included the a copy of the students’ Wisconsin Alternative Assessment (WAA) rating scale and current Individualized Education Program (IEP); a brief survey regarding their perceptions of the WAA; and a curricular access questionnaire that documented which WAA items were part of the student’s curriculum during the current or previous school year

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Conference calendar.(Calendar)

December 2007 December 5-8, 2007 * TASH Annual Conference* Seattle, WA * Contact: 888/221-9425; e-mail: THC@housingregistration .com; Web site: http://www.tash.org February 2008 February 6-9, 2008 * National Association of School Psychologists, 40th Annual Conference * New Orleans, LA.

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Early transition experiences of transition-age child SSI recipients: new evidence from the National Survey of Children and Families.(Supplemental Security Income)(Report)

This article describes the challenges faced by pretransition-age (14 to 17 years) young people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and outlines potential policy options to support their transition. The article is based on a descriptive analysis of newly released data from the 2001 National Survey of SSI Children and Families and the results of interviews with key policy experts. We find that in addition to their health status, these young people face a multidimensional set of difficulties in making a successful transition, including a high prevalence of family disadvantage, problems in school, and trouble with the police….

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Difference In The Way Children With Autism Learn New Behaviors Described

Researchers have uncovered important new insights into the neurological basis of autism.

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Children With Autism Need To Be Taught In Smaller Groups, Experts Argue

Since the 1970s, there has been much debate surrounding the fact that individuals with autism have difficulty in understanding speech in situations where there is background speech or noise. Neuroscientists argue in favor of smaller class sizes for children with autism.

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Visualizing Formation Of A New Synapse

A protein called neuroligin that is implicated in some forms of autism is critical to the construction of a working synapse, locking neurons together like “molecular Velcro,” a new study has found.

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Engineering Autism: Mice With Extra Chromosome Region Show Many Autistic Signs

Mice who inherit a particular chromosomal duplication from their fathers show many behaviors associated with human autism, researchers report. The duplicated chromosomal region in mice is the equivalent of human chromosome 15q11-13, the most frequent cytogenetic abnormality observed in autism, accounting for some five percent of all cases.

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