The United States Department of Education has issued a statement with guidance for States:
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) has received communications from stakeholders, including parents, advocacy groups, and national disability organizations, who believe that State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) are reluctant to reference or use dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in evaluations, eligibility determinations, or in developing the individualized education program (IEP) under the IDEA. The purpose of this letter is to clarify that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, or IEP documents.
New guidance from the US education secretary has now confirmed that schools and school districts may NOT prohibit the use of the terms Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia in their IEP. This will help parents get beyond the intimidation and avoidance that we sometimes see happening in constructing and adequate IEP.
In our link for today an entrepreneur is looking for help with developing a code language for Dyscalculia. Citing the fact that there is much more support for dyslexia than there is for dyscalculia they are developing the idea to construct a coding language suitable for people with dyscalculia.
Challenge: Over 360,000 people in the GTA are affected by dyscalculia – the inability to understand numbers and do simple mathematical calculations. To some of these people, counting change in a store can be a nightmare. Engineering students coded new apps that help those challenged when they’re at the checkout.
Finland has figured out how important it is to prepare students for the real life after school. So they will take a radically different approach in teaching people to get ready for certain careers or jobs after school. This means that they will only teach pieces of for instance math and history as far as it relates to the career track they are preparing for.
A pretty surprising discovery is that learning numbersense in Japanese, Chinese or Turkish seems to be easier than doing the same in English. This may be part of the explanation of why children from that region seem to have less issues mastering math.
A great initiative in the UK where a school district organizes classes for parents who want to help their children with their math homework. For many parents their math classes are long ago and methods have been changed. A refresher may just be what they need.
Read all about it HERE also check out the options HERE and HERE
The latest scion of a series of annual anthologies published by Princeton University Press, “The Best American Writing on Mathematics 2014” presents a collection of essays on — you guessed it — math. The essays range in focus from number theory to philosophy of mathematics. Though it is marketed and branded as fairly accessible, easily comprehensible reading, this book is no walk in the park.
PBS has launched a live action series about math. A nice story line that will engage children about math. I’m not sure if children with dyscalculia will be able to follow along but any attention to math concepts brought in a different engaging may be able to have them understand the topic.
91 Researchers have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada in the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.
One we want to highlight here:
Daniel Ansari, Faculty of Social Science, conducts research to examine children’s typical and atypical (Developmental Dyscalculia) numerical and mathematical skills at both behavioural (cognition) and neural levels of analysis. Ansari’s research programme is paving new avenues for the identification of children who have difficulty with math, seeking to address these problems early in development before they become life-long barriers to success.
From Chennai we receive the message that now about 20% of kids seem to have a learning disability where in the past this number was about 12%. No clues in the article about what could be causing this increase.
Here is a FREE math program. It is for the summer and online. Not sure if there will be some follow up marketing after you sign up and I have not had a change to review it to see if it is suitable for kids with dyscalculia but a free program is too good not to mention it here. Go check it out and let me know what you think.
Newly developed software that claims to find hidden issues in ability. They now try to get call centers interested to implement or try it. We do not have a call center here at dyscalculia headlines but if you have any experience with this new software, let us know so we can share.
Over at the Deviantart blog is a new group called dyscalculia awareness. Well here is a shout out to them we always support folks who want to spread the word about how dyscalculia has an impact in the lives of many but is yet to be recognized fully.