A California tutoring program kept Nicholas MacLean, 18, who has reading disabilities, in high school and allowed him to graduate, he says. Starting fresh with a new tutor, whom he worked with daily for four years, allowed MacLean to bring his reading to grade level and graduate on time with a GPA around 3.0.
Programs in which children with severe disabilities swim with dolphins are controversial, but Kirsten "Kiki" Kuhnert believes they work. She created a charity to support families seeking such therapy after her own son awoke from a coma after being placed near a dolphin.
Jennifer Shields, 15, who has visual disabilities, will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the National Braille Challenge, a competition meant to increase awareness of Braille literacy. Sixty students will compete in the contest Saturday.
A California board may close a school for people with visual disabilities as part of districtwide budget cuts. The school serves about 24 students, and some in the community are rallying to raise money to keep it open.
After working at a camp for children with special needs, Megan Bone wanted to improve disability awareness. She won the Girl Scouts' highest award for teens for her project creating lesson plans that will be used in seven elementary schools.