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May 15, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Actor Edward James Olmos, psychologists and other specialists will participate in a breakfast forum about new opportunities available to youngsters with learning disabilities Thursday at the campus of the H.E.L.P. Group. Olmos--known for his roles in the television drama "Miami Vice" and the film "Stand and Deliver'--will speak about his personal struggle with dyslexia and answer questions posed by learning-disabled children.
January 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Even as she pleaded for a sentence that would let her live in sunshine again, a 17-year-old girl convicted of murdering her parents expressed little remorse other than admitting to mistakes. Cynthia Alvarez said she had been a victim of abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, allegations disputed by prosecutors and family and friends of the deceased. "Live life in my shoes," Alvarez told a Compton courtroom Friday. "If it was your child being raped, I bet you'd say, 'To hell with the law.' " Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ricardo R. Ocampo, however, found that the October 2011 slayings committed by Alvarez and her boyfriend, Giovanni Gallardo, 18, were vicious and sophisticated attacks.
March 23, 1990 | GERRI KOBREN, Gerri Kobren is a writer for the Baltimore Sun.
"I always knew I was smarter than my grades indicated. My teachers didn't tell me that: They said I wasn't trying, that I was sloppy. When I couldn't spell something, they told me to go look it up. But how can you look it up if you can't spell it?" Beverly Gold, professor of English at Community College of Baltimore and co-author of three texts on children with learning problems, is learning-disabled. It is not, she says, something you outgrow or cure.
April 11, 2012 | By Mark Schneider and Lu Michelle Yin
Community colleges are central to the nation's higher education system, enrolling almost 30% of all postsecondary students. But their record of success is spotty. Nationally, only about a quarter of full-time community college students complete their studies within three years (the official measure of a school's graduation rate). At more than a third of California's community colleges, graduation rates are 20% or less. Of the full-time, degree-seeking students who entered California community colleges in 2007, more than 35,000 had not earned their degrees three years later, and most of them were no longer enrolled in any postsecondary institution.
March 7, 1994 | RICHARD CORE
Students with learning disabilities at Irvine Valley College will receive greater assistance this fall with reading, writing, math and in other areas as a result of a grant recently given to the school. The Steelcase Foundation donated $24,200 to the college to buy computer stations and printers for a new computer center that the college expects to open in August.
Can an athlete with a learning disability such as Tony Walker's go straight to a Division I program and be eligible as a freshman? "Yes," said Kathryn Reith, the NCAA's director of public information. Reith has written an informational brochure designed for athletes with learning disabilities. Yet Tennessee, Notre Dame, USC and any of the other schools hotly pursuing Walker shouldn't get excited too soon. The hurdles are many. Learning disabled athletes get a break taking the SAT or ACT.
October 4, 1992 | AURIANA KOUTNIK
The second annual Los Angeles Learning Disabilities Walkathon and Free Information Fair on Sunday at Pierce College will raise funds to expand support for people with learning disabilities. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with 5- and 10-kilometer walks around the campus beginning about 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will be distributed equally between the Orton Dyslexia Society and the Los Angeles chapter of the Learning Disabilities Assn. of California, said attorney Larry J. Hanna, event chairman.
July 15, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
A two-day workshop for high school students who have learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders and plan to attend college will be held in August at Cal State Northridge. Students' families may also attend the "Making the College Leap" conference, which will cover topics including how to take advantage of test-taking accommodations, curriculum planning and career preparation. There will also be lectures about study skills, legal issues, financial aid, job training and self-advocacy.
June 14, 1992 | Associated Press
Undeclared presidential candidate Ross Perot once criticized schools for spending a "disproportionate amount of time" on students with learning problems, it was reported Saturday. The Dallas Morning News reported that in 1983, Perot wrote that schools focus too much on "problem students, students with learning disabilities and students who cannot learn at all." Schools, Perot wrote, should concentrate on average, above average and gifted students.
December 9, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN
Parents and community members looking for holiday gifts are invited to the 17th annual rummage sale at Elmhurst Elementary School today. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at the school, 5080 Elmhurst St. Proceeds will support Ventura students with serious learning disabilities.
September 4, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Julius English works as a behavior therapist for children with special needs and, over the years, has developed a magical touch. The 39-year-old has a learning disability, but basketball has helped him push his limits. That's one reason English uses the game in his work: He teaches basketball to his new students and spends his weekends playing with former ones as a way to reconnect. The game means a lot to English because his life hasn't always been this fulfilling. Eric Calhoun doesn't play baseball, but he's the biggest fan at college and minor league parks across the Southland.
July 11, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Here’s another reason not to light up around little ones: Not only are children who are surrounded by secondhand smoke at greater risk for asthma and other health problems, but they may be more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or learning disabilities too.  The new analysis comes from a national phone survey in which parents were asked whether they smoked and if they’d been told by a health professional that their child...
May 22, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
From Bishop, Calif. Jill Kinmont Boothe is not one to sit idle. Though the former ski champion, Olympic hopeful and subject of two weepy Hollywood biopics has spent most of her adult life in a wheelchair, she has hardly let it slow her. A painter and retired schoolteacher, she recently staged her 13th annual in-home Spring Art Show and continues to oversee the Jill Kinmont Indian Education Fund, which provides scholarships to Native American...
November 4, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Applying a mild electrical current to a particular part of the brain could improve mathematical abilities in people who suffer impaired skills or in patients who have suffered strokes or other neurological problems, British researchers reported Thursday. The weak current apparently allows neurons to fire more freely, stimulating the ability to learn, the researchers reported in the journal Current Biology. Reversing the flow of the current made it more difficult for neurons to fire, impairing learning ability.
March 21, 2010 | By Jason Song
Los Angeles Police officers shot and killed a man in Koreatown early Saturday morning after he reached into his waistband for what officers believed was a weapon, authorities said. Steven Eugene Washington, 27, died from a single gunshot wound to the head shortly after midnight. Although no weapon was found, officers said they feared for their lives because Washington did not respond to their commands and appeared to be reaching for his waistband. Hours after the shooting, Washington's relatives criticized police and said the dead man had suffered from learning disabilities and was generally afraid of strangers.
June 23, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
"Heavy Load," which gets its American television premiere at 10 tonight on IFC, tells the story of a band from the south of England, three of whose five members have learning disabilities. (The other two had worked as support staff.) Subtitled "A Film About Happiness," it's framed by director Jerry Rothwell's own midlife and career crisis; the band members seemed to him the embodiment of pure joy, of the pleasure that had gone out of his own work.
February 7, 1991 | Maureen Brown, Maureen Brown is a writer and mother of four.
Not every child comes skipping home from school carrying the "A" paper in his or her hand. For some children, learning is a problem. There are numerous professionals and support groups to assist North County parents who suspect their child has a learning problem or who have a child already diagnosed with learning disabilities. But getting to that help usually requires parents to learn how to navigate the system, says Linda Wulle, a private educational therapist in Encinitas.
July 9, 1986 | KAREN KENYON
The art room at Mount Helix Country Day School is full of rainbow-splattered painting desks. Mona Mills teaches here. Her hands are artist's hands, hands that are not manicured, hands that look like they work--with clay, with paint--more involved in what they are doing than in how they look. They are also hands that hold pencils to show children games to help with math and reading. And hands to touch those children to make a wordless contact with them. She has charisma. In fact, Dr.
June 10, 2008 | Ted Mitchell and Jonathan Schorr, Ted Mitchell is chief executive of NewSchools Venture Fund and president of the California Board of Education. Jonathan Schorr is a partner at the fund.
Aisha Ford was a sociology major. But she was forced to take on a second course of study that doesn't show up on her college transcript. In addition to being a full-time student, she had to become a skilled fundraiser. Aisha, who graduated last month from Ohio Wesleyan University, did what most academically talented low-income students must do: cobble together grants and loans from a startling variety of sources to get through college.
November 3, 2007 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Carrie Rozelle, the widow of former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and founder of the nonprofit National Center for Learning Disabilities, died Monday at her home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. She was 70. Rozelle, who became an advocate for children with learning disabilities because of experiences with her own family, had been in declining health since undergoing surgery for a malignant brain tumor in 1994, her son Philip Kent Cooke said.
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