In 2007 more than 1.5 million students were homeschooled in the US, according to the United States Department of Education. That’s 37% more children than were homeschooled only four years before.

Schooling a child at home certainly isn’t for everyone. It requires commitment, determination, and patience. And, if you are the parent of a child with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, this can be an even more challenging decision.

Nonetheless, homeschooling a special needs child is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. However, although the First and Fourth Amendments do guarantee these rights the state laws for homeschooling a special needs child may be stricter than it is for families of children who do not have special needs.

Many teachers and school officials try to discourage parents from homeschooling their special needs child. Therefore, it is very important that you educate yourself as fully as possible about your constitutional rights.

You can find the information you need by doing a search on the Internet for “Home School Legal Defense Association”.

There are also a number of things you may want to do to determine if homeschooling is your best option.

– Get familiar with all of the laws in your state and in your school district that pertain to homeschooling.

– Locate home school support groups. You may want to do an Internet search for “umbrella schools” and “consulting services” that are in your area as well.

– Find and talk to other people who have home schooled children that have special needs. Ask them what has and has not worked for them.

– Meet your local school officials and establish a positive, friendly relationship with them. Find out if there are any services that are offered by your local public school.

– Your state may permit your child to be enrolled in a home school as well as a public school. If this type of enrollment is available, consider if “dual enrollment” would be right for your child.

How to Ensure Successful Homeschooling

If you have decided to home school your child there are a number of things that you will have to do in order to ensure your success.

You must keep accurate and complete records about how your child is progressing and what you are doing to meet your child’s special needs. You will need this documentation if any legal challenges arise regarding your home schooling.

You should schedule regular evaluations and keep documented records about these evaluations.

You should get assistance from educational consultants, counselors, therapists, support groups, and whoever else can help you to provide the special needs your child has. If you have any question as to whether or not you need any outside assistance do not even think about it. Get the assistance that you and your child need.

If you are a student who goes for learning abroad, then the primary things that you will need to concern for yourself is finding houses for rent. Your living accommodations will make a big impact on your education, and you need to make sure that you take the time to find the best housing for your needs.

If you’re fortunate enough to live at home with your parents during your education, that’s great. However, for those who are striking out on their own, choosing a rental house is going to be important. You can find your options in many different ways, depending on what you want and need.

Some people search for house on rent by first searching for flat mates. If you can’t afford to pay the full price for a rental, it’s often easier to find other people seeking mates or a house to live in. In this case, you can often pair up or find a couple of flat mates and then go forward to find a house together.

Many students stay at university and college hostels during their first year. This is a great way to first familiarize yourself with the education facility you are studying at. It also makes new friends whom you can group together with to find a rental house during your second and subsequent years.

After all, it’s much easier to know what you can afford when you have your flat mates already picked out. Alternatively, you can also find a house that you can live in that is already occupied by people looking for another flat mate.

If you’re searching for a house of your own or houses to rent with others, you will need to make sure that you consider a few things besides the cost of the home. What you can afford is very important; but it is not the only deciding factor. You should also consider the location to your education facility, nearby public transport if you don’t have your own vehicle.

Some houses will rent by the week or month while others will want to let them for a year at a time. Additionally, it is a good idea to draft a budget before you commit to a particular place. Also think about how much money you will need for food each week. This financial exercise will give you a good estimate of what you can afford. You should also consider the other expenses so that you can estimate your expenditures beforehand.

About author: The Author Sumit Gurg is a prominent real estate guru and offers guidance to people looking for house on rent as well as writes for a variety of real estate magazine and publications.

Due to increasing stress level in or lives, psychologists are much in demand. Today, visiting a psychologist is no longer la taboo, as it was few years back. Even some schools and colleges make it a point to have psychologist or a counselor, which proves to be an asset both to the students and the teachers.

Psychology is an extremely diverse field with numerous career paths. Some specialties like caring for the mentally ill are familiar to most of us. Others, like helping with the design of advance computer systems or studying how we remember things, are not widely known. A part from the more popular branches, there are increasing job opportunities like industrial and sport Psychology which are the still kin the embryonic stage in India. But the possibilities are tremendous.

Employment of psychologists is growing almost as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment in health- care is fast growing in outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics. Numerous job opportunities have come up in schools, public and private social service agencies and management consulting services. Companies are using psychologists expertise in survey, design, analysis and research to provide marketing evaluation and statistical analysis. This field offers a wide scope, yet untapped in India.

Psychology has numerous branches of basic as well as applied kind. Important branches are Social and Environmental psychology, organizational Behaviour/ Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, Psychometry, industrial Psychology, Developmental, Criminal. Experimental Counselling, Animal Psychology etc. All these branches, though different are still interrelated. Most universities in the country offer various online degree courses related to psychology and many people prefering Online degrees in Psychology and Online Criminal Justice Degree. Various one-year diploma courses in child guidance and counselling are offered by several institutes as well. Short term correspondence courses are also available IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) is one such institution. There are several one-year diploma courses in special education or mental retardation. The NCERT also offers specialization courses of one to one and a half year duration.

In Clinical Psychology the post Graduation course offers a minimum of three months field posting with any of the development and mental health centres. After that one can join the psychiatry department of a hospital. NIMHANS, Bangalore, is the best institute for specialization in Clinical Psychology Central Institute of Psychology in Ranchi, Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and the Delhi University also offer courses in clinical psychology.

Clinical problems like neuroticism, psychoneurosis, psychosis and its various offshoots like schizophrenia, hysteria, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc., necessitate the work of a clinical psychologist. The main job of a clinical psychologist is to identify, and diagnose the patients and also apply various therapeutic techniques.

Distance education is as old as the wide availability of written materials and literacy. As textbooks and written guides became increasingly common, skill seeking or curious people had another way to learn alongside lectures and apprenticeships. From historical records of newspaper advertisements, we know that correspondence courses were available as early as 1728. Today, distance education can be taught be anyone, from individual private instructors to accredited colleges, in virtually any subject from a health science program to an accounting diploma.

Why Distance Education?

Because theres no cost for classrooms and other facilities, distance education is often cheaper than an equivalent traditional program. In very basic courses, the overhead costs are the instructors marking time, and how long it takes to assemble the initial materials, and even in courses where theres more communication between the teacher and the learner, theres less need for formal office space and the only transportation costs are the internet bills or postage.

Delivery Systems

The quality and means of delivery varies between courses. For much of their history, educators and schools relied on the post, with teacher or institution and student mailing each other assignments and course materials. These days, many courses are taught over the computer and students can review recorded lectures, participate in interactive tutorials and even have face to face conversations with instructors through video conference software.
Furthermore, theres a plethora of systems to administer and score quizzes on the computer.

Who Does Distance Education Suit?

People who live in sparsely populated or where a program of this nature is not available get particular benefit from distance education. For example, Canadian children in the arctic can stay with their parents and still get a basic education this way. Correspondence courses are also perfect for people who need a flexible schedule. Because study and course materials are completed at the pace of the student, whether its a new career or continuing education, its possible for students to juggle responsibilities and study at the same time. Another category includes students in a regular program, who want to supplement their studies with a course thats not available in their school. For example a student could be in a health science program and discover that a new medical technique is only taught at another school. Rather than transfer schools, they might learn about it through distance education and then apply the credit to their degree.

In addition to learning skills, a popular topic for distance education is exam preparation and professional certification. In this case a student may have already have been working in a field or completed studies, but is missing professional credentials or industry membership. An example of this is a person with an accounting diploma who wants to become chartered. In this case they know the material and just need to extra practice for the test that proves it.

As many are all too aware, student loan debt has been skyrocketing in the recent past, rising above $1 trillion and becoming the number one source of debt in America. With the average college graduate owing $40,000 in student loans, and with interest rates held at artificially low levels only through 2015, some believe there is a student loan debt bubble that looks much like the housing market bubble of 2007 – 2008. As for what there is to be done, arguments abound, but no one seems to have all the answers.

Why Student Debt is Potentially Harmful

According to many bankruptcy lawyers, a huge problem with student loan debt is that it is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Once you agree to take a student loan, you are saddled with this debt for the foreseeable future, and without the protections offered to consumers who take on other forms of debt, such as medical debt or credit card debt. In other words, going to school is a riskier investment in many ways than buying encyclopedias with a credit card and teaching yourself.

Bankruptcy lawyers see the student loan debt situation as a bubble comparable to the housing bubble because of its artificial nature. Essentially, the federal government is comfortable approving near-infinite amounts of student loans, because they make nearly $20 billion per year on the interest, penalties and fees associated with these loans. As stated by the bankruptcy lawyers, these loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, and the government is able to collect even from defaulters using the powerful tools at a powerful government’s disposal. So it is in the government’s best interest to continue approving student loans and extending credit to all who ask for it.

In turn, this (for all intents and purposes) infinite amount of available credit allows universities to raise tuition prices at exponential rates (according to some sources, tuition rates have been rising at three times the rate of inflation), resulting in an artificially high cost of education which can only be covered by taking out more federal loans, a cycle which could continue ad nauseam.

Many people have proposed alternatives to this cycle, which some see as a scheme and some as a nearly-criminal system of predatory lending; most involve forcing the government to stop making credit universally available, which would then force the cost of tuition down as higher education became subject to the competitive pricing of a free market. There are dangers in that, however, as there will be a transitional phase in which many potential students may be unable to obtain funding for university education. It is a thorny tangle and will take a lot of hard work to sort it all out.

There is no way to express the importance of accreditation for online education. When a school is accredited, that means it has been recognized by an accrediting institution (which itself is recognized by the United States Department of Education) based on a specific set of criteria. With peer reviews and professional qualifications, these accrediting bodies determine the legitimacy of online schools based on factors such as curriculum, admission requirements, faculty, mission, school resources and much more.

Why You Should Care About Accreditation for Your Online Education

Schools are not required to be accredited, and accrediting agencies are typically private organizations. So why should you care about the accreditation of your online education program? Well, there are several reasons, which will be explained further below.

Employers care.

The fact that your education might not qualify you for any good jobs should make you stop and listen. If you get a degree or certificate from an online school that isnt accredited, chances are that most potential employers you apply to work for will not find your education sufficient. Unfortunately, some employers might also question the validity of an online degree, but with accreditation, there is legitimate proof that your learning experience was just as valid as someone who attended classes on a campus.

Schools care.

If you are ever going to continue your education or you think that you could possibly switch schools at some point in the future, you definitely want to make sure the online school youre going to now is accredited. The credits earned from an unaccredited school will more than likely not transfer to any other legitimate educational institution.

The U.S. Department of Education cares.

Like many college students, you probably plan on filling out a FAFSA and applying for federal student aid, ranging from grants and scholarships to subsidized loans and work study programs. You wont be able to qualify for any of these financial aid options, however, if you are attending an unaccredited online school.

Check the Accreditation of Online Schools

So how do you check the accreditation for online education? It shouldnt be too hardjust dont believe every claim you hear. The accrediting agency of the school should be listed on their website in a location that is easy to find. From there, you can go to the U.S. Department of Education website to make sure they recognize that accrediting agency.

Technology plays a big part in the lives of people today including the students. With the emergence of the World Wide Web, students gained access to more learning materials. They can do their own research without having to walk all the way to the library and spend time looking for the books one by one. But not everyone has the luxury to be able to afford a computer of their own, particularly a laptop, that is why students surf the net for Free Laptop for students offers.

Computers are cool gadgets especially if you are looking for a pass time. But computers today are seen as more than just for entertainment purposes, they are essential tools especially as aides in the students learning. Desktop computers are common among households, but for people who live life in the fast lane, a laptop is a great choice.

Laptops are lighter and compact. They can be used anywhere and anytime. If you need to finish some work urgently then the laptop will come in handy. You just need to sit down, open your laptop and you can start working already. A more creative presentation can also be creative through some software. The internet is also accessible anytime in case you run into some trouble with and about almost anything.

Companies who maintain their own website recognize the students need to have their own laptop. And as a marketing strategy, they came up with the idea to give away free laptops to students. They make use of promos, contests, surveys, and some through a laptop test. A free laptop is always enticing. Of course, who would not want to have cool gadgets for free?

Companies will also benefit from giving away laptops. It will attract web users to visit their websites and at the same time be able to advertise their products to them. The laptop test is also instrumental so they can collect feedbacks of their products from a buyers perspective. This will help them identify which areas of their product needs improvement.

There are many sites that you can find that give away free laptops. But be careful of falling victim of scams that claim to help you get a free laptop. Legit sites will not ask you to pay anything for claim your laptops so be patient enough to research about the sites first before you get too excited.

Its a no brainier that college students need extra money. Going to class, taking notes and studying for tests is what you are spending the big bucks on but there is more to the college experience than these things. It will take extra money and being a wise spender to enjoy the things out of the classroom. Below are some suggestions that will give some ideas on how to have the funds to enjoy the college life and still have time for your studies.

If you have not thought about using the internet to make some extra money, it is time to start. The internet can provide the extra Ka Ching you need. You may not get rich as a student on the internet but you can always have money in you pocket. Who knows it may lead to great income down the road. I personally know a man who graduated from one of the finest universities in the U.S. and got rich on the internet in a area not related to his degree. There is little money or lots of money to be made in cyberspace. It is up to you and you alone.

You will need to sell something or help others sell something. You can do it by creating a simple website or websites and selling you own products and help others sell their products to affiliates programs and advertising programs such as Google adsense. Don’t buy AdWords unless you have deep pockets and you probably don’t or you would not be reading this page. eBay is a great way to pickup some quick cash. Find something to buy very cheap and sell it a reasonable price for the customer.

Some things will bring in way more than you expect, especially if it is vintage tee shirt of some band or star. Check out the good wills, yard sales, etc. They are still out there and owner does not know what they have. They just want it out of their house. When you find something like this and you will if you seek diligently, SHOUT because you are fixing to make some money. These finds are little treasures. It is not hard to get setup on eBay if you are not already. I just play around with it and sell 12 to 16 thousand dollars per year. It is not all profit but it is all money and the money left over feels good in my pocket.

Keep your eyes peeled for junk, curbside, awaiting trash pickup. When Ma tells Pa to clean out his junk from her house that is money in your pocket. Pa doesn’t care, he just wants Ma happy and Ma is not happy with junk in her house.

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January 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston, TX January 3, 2012 The National Education Alliance has partnered with corporations nationwide. By partnering with these companies the National Education Alliance is able to provide employees with very beneficial educational grants. By working together with these groups, the National Education Alliance seeks to establish programs that meet the diverse needs of adult learners of all levels. The National Education Alliance works with each corporation to create a custom educational benefit program that best fits the needs of their employees. In 2010 and 2011, the National Education Alliance has awarded 243 grants to employees of corporate partners totaling $226,914.
Numerous corporations and businesses have chosen to take part in the opportunity to provide their employees with the benefits negotiated by the National Education Alliance. By partnering with the National Education Alliance, employees are eligible to receive:
Tuition discounts from prominent universities, colleges, and education service providers.
Grants and scholarships sponsored by the National Education Alliance and its affiliates.
Access to innovative educational programs that meet the needs of working adults.
Opportunity to participate in approved workforce development programs.
This initiative is part of a broader effort to support the career ladder of employees and elevate the employees voice and contribution in their industry. Online distance learning classes will give the flexibility employees need to complete programs while working full-time, allowing them to advance their careers while earning full-time wages.
“The National Education Alliance is a growing network providing robust learning experiences through multiple venues that allows the student to benefit from a multi-faceted learning experience. We are honored to collaborate with corporations that put focus on the future of their employees,” says Shara Wright, President of the National Education Alliance.

About The National Education Alliance
The National Education Alliance is an advocacy group for adult learners that is committed to providing individuals with the opportunity to pursue their education in the most affordable fashion. By collaborating with institutions of higher learning, employers, professional associations and sponsors, the Alliance seeks to establish programs and negotiate discounts on college tuition to meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

Contact:
National Education Alliance
Shara Wright, President
800.230.7565 x1400

www.NationalEducationAlliance.com

Many credit card companies see the marketing potential in college students. Credit card companies use promotional offers and free gifts like t-shirts, coffee mugs, or CDs to entice students on signing up for their company.

Have you ever asked why? Loyalty is a good reason. Credit card companies are competing to be the first credit card that the student will own. By being their first credit card, it is very likely that even when they graduate from college and enter the corporate world, students will be upgrading their credit cards with the same credit card company.

Students are Big Spenders
Aside from this, college students are great spenders. Lets face it, credit card companies love customers who spend much using their credit cards. The more a person uses his credit card, the better it is for the business. And students are usually prone to over spending or using their credit cards excessively not just for their school necessities but on luxuries as well.

Despite the fact that college students are still in school and most do not have stable jobs to finance them, credit card companies are still doing everything to encourage these students on obtaining a student credit card. Furthermore, credit card companies are encouraging students to use their credit cards as often as they can.

Regardless of whether a student can afford to pay it or not, credit cards are willing to take the risk. Why? Because they can simply charge additional costs on the customers account if they fail to make their payments on time. For instance, credit card companies profit from charging interest rates and penalty fees on their customers. Obviously, customers who fail to pay their balances promptly pay more even if it takes them some time to repay their bill. In the end, the credit card company is still the one who benefits.

Students Need Credit
It is also interesting to know that students will do everything in order to repay their credit card debts. Although, students may fall behind on their payments, they will still find some way to pay off their debts especially as they are about to graduate and find employment. Students may get a part-time job, get a student loan, or borrow from their parents or relatives the money to get off their credit card debts.

Students need to clean up their credit report from any unimpressive records. They need to boost their credit rating so that future employers and creditors can find them worthy of their approval. Thus, credit card companies know that whatever happens, students will find a way to settle their credit card debts sooner or later.

In view of this, it is up to the students on how they will use their student credit cards to their advantage. Credit card companies do not have to be the only ones to profit. A student credit card can provide great help and support during a students college years as long as the student knows how to manage his finances responsibly.