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The Alabama Legislature And Del Marsh Apparently Does Not Care About Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and with the way things are going, the state of Alabama is going to celebrate by cutting mental health funding even more, and pretty much screwing all who needs mental health help, or has an intellectual disability.  1,383 more words

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PVA Extends Property Appeal Deadline

The Jefferson County PVA office is extending the property reassessment appeal deadline to May 29th at 4:00 p.m. This gives property owners an additional 8 days to file a property appeal.  219 more words

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Dyslexia Receives Congressional Attention

Congressional Hearing on “The Science of Dyslexia”
On Thursday, September 18th, 2014, a hearing was held before the full Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on “The Science of Dyslexia.” Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) summed up the current situation extremely well “… typically in our school systems today there is not recognition, early detection, or enough teachers who are trained to spot symptoms of dyslexia early enough to get the students the intervention they need.” Dr. 184 more words

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Major Mental Health Cuts Are Coming, Thanks To The Alabama Legislature

Today, the House Ways and Means Committee approved a $1.64 billion budget for the General Fund.  The budget would include major and devastating cuts to all state departments other than schools.   1,380 more words


Mississippi - Role Model for Early Screening

Mississippi has one of the strongest dyslexia screening laws in the country. It requires that all students be screened for dyslexia in the spring of kindergarten and the fall of first grade. 148 more words

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D9 Community Conversation in May

The next D9 Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Jessica Montgomery, Director of Animal Services, will give an update on that department’s activities and be available to answer questions. 36 more words

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Senator Questions Secretary of Education

Susan Barton’s May 2015 newsletter (see link below), has a great video link to the recent Senate hearing where after some waffling, Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s states, “I don’t think we have a specific program for dyslexia.” and Senator Bill Cassidy retorts, “Why the heck DON’T you have a special program for dyslexia?”  This exchange reflects both the current lack of policy direction on dyslexia and the growing awareness of the issue.   12 more words

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