Learning with Disabilities


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.


  1. Special Education Teacher,
    A big concern for me right now, as a teacher, this can be the cause for many children being diagnosed or labeled and special needs. I think evaluators should conduct observations in various settings before a decision is made. Would like to read what other teachers have to say.

  2. Learning disabilities pose numerous challenges for educators now more than ever. However,in developing countries they lack qualified persons to identify the disabilities and assist these unfortunate students.Students who can’t do the mainstream work are normally placed in the Special needs class.They receive help with reading and writing. However,they do no receive enough help to make it through the system.There is no real system in place to help these students. The education system in these countries are continuously failing children.


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