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Disabled EducationA Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act$
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Ruth Colker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708101

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708101.001.0001

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The Learning Disability Mess

The Learning Disability Mess

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Disabled Education

Ruth Colker

NYU Press

This chapter examines how children with learning disabilities can be eligible to receive special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It begins by reviewing the legal and psychological literature on what constitutes a learning disability and how such a disability should be diagnosed. It then considers the disagreement that continues to exist on whether there must be evidence of a psychological or neurological impairment, and whether the discrepancy model should be part of the diagnostic model. It also discusses the wide range of definitions of learning disability used by the various states despite the fact that the IDEA is a national statute, along with the implications of the learning disability classification for college admissions testing. The chapter concludes by suggesting how the learning disability mess may be solved.

Keywords:   children with learning disabilities, special education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, discrepancy model, learning disabilities, learning disability classification, college admissions testing

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