Learning Disabilities (LD)

NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet 7 (FS-7) January 2011PDF versionEn españolIn This Publication:Sara’s storyWhat are learning disabilities?How common are they?What are the signs?About the evaluation processWhat if the school declines to evaluate your child?Definition of "specific learning disabilities" under IDEAAdditional evaluation procedures for LDWhat about school?Tips and resources for teachersTips and resources for parents____________________________ Sara’s … [Read more...]

Addressing the General Education Curriculum

September 2010 Links updated, May 2013IDEA requires that students with disabilities be involved in, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. This refers to the same subject matter and skills that children without disabilities are expected to learn: math, science, history, and so on. Moreover, most children with disabilities are educated in the general education classroom, alongside their peers who do not have disabilities.To read more … [Read more...]

Module 11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

by Patricia Hozella Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education April 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish Module 11 looks closely at the process by which schools identify that a child has a specific learning disability (LD). While all of the requirements discussed in Modules 9 and 10 also apply to evaluating a child for the presence of LD, there are many additional requirements … [Read more...]

The “state” of LD in the U.S.

About 5% of public students (2.5 million) in the U.S. have a learning disability, of which almost two-thirds are male. The State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends and Indicators (2011) will give you key facts and current statistics about LD, as well as info about LD in secondary schools, postsecondary education, and the workforce. From the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).http://www.ncld.org/stateofld … [Read more...]

LD in Your Classroom: 7 Tips for Teachers

by Kori Hamilton National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)Profile of LD at SchoolStudent has difficulty reading. Struggles to connect letters to sounds. May also have messy penmanship or a hard time spelling . Confuses math symbols. Mixes up details of a story, or the sequence of events. Cannot get organized. Has unexpected problems learning to read, speak, write, or do math.Does this sound like someone in your class? … [Read more...]

Assistive technology for students with LD

This article from LDonline gives an overview of assistive technology that's helpful to students with learning disabilities. (posted September 7, 2012) http://www.ldonline.org/article/33074 … [Read more...]

Making math accessible to middle schoolers with special needs

This resource is called Accessibility Strategies in Mathematics -- Middle School: Online Guides, and comes from the Addressing Accessibility in Mathematics Project. The goal of the project is to develop professional development models and materials that enable mathematics and special education teachers to make middle school mathematics more accessible to a wide range of students, including those with special needs. Three papers may be downloaded: … [Read more...]

Learning disabilities FAQ

This multi-part series of information and guidance comes from PBS. Section by section, you can learn the basics of LD, what types of LD there are and how they affect a student's school work and learning, and how to manage LD. Assistive technology, communication strategies, and teaching strategies are also covered. Additional sections emphasize special education, IEPs, and inclusive education. An excellent, comprehensive resource! (posted January 4, … [Read more...]

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