Controversy over SAT Accommodations

(First Heard as a "Perspective" on KQED-FM, the San Francisco NPR Affiliate)

The Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT, recently decided to decrease the stigma of accommodations afforded children with handicaps by eliminating the dreaded asterisk that accompanied their SAT scores. Under the threat of continued legal action, ETS will no longer flag these scores as "obtained under special conditions" like unlimited time or taking the test in a separate room. Advocates for the disabled are pleased.

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A Prescription for Disaster

First appeared in Salon.com on May 23, 2002

Ten-year-old Shaina Dunkle had been taking the psychiatric drug desipramine (trade name, Norpramin) for her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) last year, when she suddenly fell and had a grand mal seizure. She died within minutes in the arms of her mother, who watched helplessly as her daughter's life ended.

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Selling the Need for Speed

(first appeared in Salon.com)
The pharmaceutical industry is poised to take a megastep in its influence over how we view ourselves. Alza Corportion has announced a campaign beginning this summer that will use television commercials to promote their drug, Concerta, used in the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Alza, having pioneered the use of direct to consumer print ads for ADHD last year, breaks new ground as being the first drug company to promote the use of a medication for a childrenís psychiatric disorder on television.

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