Teaching disabled college students

On Community CollegeSpotlight: Dealing with adult students with undiagnosed (or undisclosed) learning disabilities.

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    I have many issues with what is considered to be learning disabilities; however it is asinine that they have to go through a kabuki dance in order to refer the student for help. The law goes to such an extreme to protect the privacy of the student that by trying to help the student you can be in violation of the law.

  2. If a student made it through elementary and high school successfully without a LD diagnosis and without assistance, s/he does not have a LD. The student may have learning difficulties. But, a difficulty is not a disability. For a good review of the literature on college students and LD, see the recent paper published by Sparks and Lovett in the J. of Learning Disabilities.

    The reason that so many students are classified as LD at all levels of education is that the LD field has never agreed on an empirically valid definition or diagnostic criteria for LD.