Special Education


8 ingenious innovations helping autistic children communicate

Mashable

For autistic children, everyday interactions can be hard to decode. Socializing is often stressful, and expressing needs and emotions can be a struggle.


Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia

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About 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia, a condition that makes learning to read difficult. Dyslexia is usually diagnosed around second grade, but the results of a new study from MIT could help identify those children before they even begin reading, so they can be given extra help earlier.


Humanoid robot Nao gets emotion chip

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If you think robots are heartless piles of plastic and silicon, you're correct. But soccer-playing humanoid robot Nao has been evolving by developing "emotions" under a European project and is now being used in the U.S. in sessions to treat autistic children.



Disruption in our Education system is needed. Will Artificial Intelligence be the answer?

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A 2014 Gallup Poll puts a positive spin on the rise of Americans' satisfaction with our education system stating that 48% of Americans are satisfied. This is not something to be celebrated. Our education system needs an extensive overhaul. The standards put on all students do not measure a student's true knowledge. The type of testing mandated does not test to students' abilities but rather how well they know how to take a test. Teachers are leaving the profession in droves due to the immense work load, low pay, lack of support and insurmountable requirements to advance student performance. It is nearly impossible to meet all students' needs in a classroom with 22 plus students who have specific individual requirements. In any given classroom a teacher will encounter students with dyslexia, autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, auditory learners, visual learners, English as a Second Language learners, and the list goes on. This does not take into account the required professional development classes, countless ARD (Admission, Review, & Dismissal committee) and IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings to accommodate for each child. Not to mention the many hours of Parent/Teacher conferences to discuss student progress and behavior issues.


Google Glass is helping autistic children socialise

Daily Mail

Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder.


OkCupid slammed for 'offensive and discriminatory' survey question

Mashable

Learning disability campaigners are calling on dating app OkCupid to apologise and remove an "offensive and discriminatory" question from its site.