Accomodating disabilities

New terms refocus attention from an overall deficiency to a narrow developmental disorder that affects how the student learns.

Two terms, specific learning disorder (SLD) and specific developmental disorder (SDD), emphasize that these disorders are specific in nature, suggesting specific coping strategies for individual disorders (Wender 5, 14; Eckwall 315-316).

Applying this label--whether by teachers, parents, peers, and even the students themselves--can make such students feel they are stupid or below normal intelligence.

However, multiple studies prove this inference wrong.

This number has increased approximately 10% in the last ten years.

In 1993, 25% of all college students identified themselves as learning disabled, and in 2000 this number increased to approximately 33% (NCLD).

Many times I inwardly groaned in frustration at Alberts apparently irrelevant questions, late assignments, and misunderstanding of papers/activities.

But the real frustration came when I was grading research papers. When measuring ideas, Albert was a genius, or at least he had the potential to excel.Unfortunately these technologies are too rarely evaluated for how they might help "individuals with learning disabilities to compensate for specific cognitive deficits" (Day and Edwards).Something as simple as encouraging students to word process all assignments can have a dramatic impact on a student with poor motor-coordination, which often makes his or her handwriting disorganized and difficult to read.The number of SLD students in colleges and universities is rising.According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, in 1992, 65% of high school students with documented learning disabilities went on to postsecondary studies.A crucial accommodation is giving explicit clarification whether in the classroom, in the lab, on the web, or via distance learning.