The US Department of Justice just released final regulations regarding the implementation of the American for Disabilities Act. “These rules clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new and updated requirements.”
The regulations should be shared with ALL schools and workplaces when requesting accommodations.
See the appeal for help from all of us, by Steve Chinn, who will work on getting a leaflet together about problems people might experience around their dyscalculia in their workplace or in applying for jobs.
Children learn best when they see that math is not something you do just in class but math is everywhere around us. Hence we like math related kids books. Our link goes to a project to try and fund a new math related kids book.
Not every one can become a teacher, let alone a math teacher, let alone a math teacher for children with dyscalculia.
The department of education has a TEST that you need to pass in order to become a teacher.
Try take that test and see how you do.
No worries if you fail, thousands of candidate teachers have done the test and failed and will have to seek another career. The question is how proficient the other teachers are who became teacher before the test was updated three years ago.
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.
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