Schools have made great strides in mainstreaming and accommodating students with a variety of learning disabilities, but is it enough? Schools are referring more children to special education, but it’s unclear whether that’s because of an increase of children with real issues; schools getting better at diagnosing them; or, in some cases, educators and parents making mistaken assessments.
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600 to 1,000-word essays on the theme “Learning with Disabilities.” We’re looking for stories about how schools are successfully working with students who have disabilities, whether they involve autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or deficits in social and emotional areas. We hope to feature programs and schools that have succeeded in putting the needs of the child first, which includes successfully integrating students into the life of the school and meeting such students’ needs as learners.
Guidelines for submissions are here. Please send us your submissions by October 12, 2011.