Thursday, March 8, 2012
Posted by iRDMuni at 4:27 PM
BEMIDJI (WCCO) — A successful college student blames a testing company for keeping him from his dream of becoming a teacher.
Alex White goes to school at Bemidji State. For years, he’s used special technology in the classroom to overcome a disability, but he has been told he can’t use it for his most important test yet.
The gym has served as a classroom for White. He’s a junior in college and studying to be a Physical Education teacher.
White has good grades in school, but trouble with one particular test: The writing portion of the Pearson Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination.
“Once I passed the math, passed the reading, it motivated me, but the writing I was still falling short,” said White.
In class and on tests, White is allowed to use a voice-assisted software program, which the school signed off on. White has aphasia, which is a learning disability that affects language and writing in certain situations.
“There’s good days where I’m fluent and it comes flowing (and) bad days where everything comes out choppy,” White said.
He didn’t use the computer ......
Posted by iRDMuni at 4:07 PM
Danville, VA ---Seven years ago, Jan Harris, the owner of Midtown Market in Danville, suffered a stroke. But what she attributes to her recovery amazed everyone.
Harris was only 41 when an unknown birth defect took its course and caused her to have a stroke. After days in a coma and months out of work, she finally went back to her home away from home: her store.
Inside the hometown grocery store, Harris grew up behind a cash register. But seven years ago Jan started showing symptoms of something she didn't even know she had.
"Very strange. Three days was headaches, and migraines. And one day was blind, one eye was blind," said Harris.
Two doctor's visits couldn't find her an answer, and before she could get to a third, she suffered a stroke.
"It was very scary because you never know what the outcome of something like that is going to be," said Debbie Harville, who's worked at Midtown Market for 25 Years.
"She felt, as do many people that suffer a stroke, stupid," said Betty Marshall, a speech pathologist.
But a year later with only the ability to say a handful of words, Harris bravely returned to her home away from home.
"Every day something different. Communication. And much better every day, every day, every d......
Posted by iRDMuni at 3:48 PM