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In the News: Little People, Cancer Cure, Toxic Teacher

By May 21, 2009

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Every day, I hand-pick news items, blog posts, and articles from around the Web of interest to parents of children with special needs and put them in my Today's News and Views folder. Here are a few of the stories that have caught my eye today:

  • Remember when this season's Celebrity Apprentice raised protests over the use of the word "midget" and demeaning depictions of people with dwarfism? JF Activist reports that the response by Donald Trump, NBC, and the show's producers has been "minimal to non-existent," and an offensive video is still live on the show's site. Little People of America has a petition online to express outrage and demand the establishment of a "positive outreach and advocacy program."

  • Could Down syndrome hold a key to curing cancer? Since people with DS have a lower than average risk of cancer (excluding leukemia), scientists are wondering whether that 21st chromosome they have a third copy of could have special cancer-fighting properties. About.com Down Syndrome and Science Blog report on the research.

  • Wondering about the teacher in that USA Today story about seclusion and restraint? The one who killed a student in an attempt to restrain him, then went on to teach somewhere else? Worried that somewhere else might be your child's school? Disability News reports on who she is, where she's at, and what she's doing.
For more good reading, check the Today's News and Views folder, updated throughout the day.

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