NCLD.org - Get Facts & Resources!

Exploring the National Center for Learning Disabilities Site

See A Brief Overview of the Site

Amanda Johnson takes you through highlights and resources for both teachers, educators, and students, in the short video below.

Educators: How can you level the playing field to allow equal access?

“As educators, our quest is to sidestep any barriers that may stand in the way of our students’ success and we are achieving this by implementing various assistive technologies in the classroom (Milone, 2000).” (wikibooks.org, p.1)


Many educators have little or no training in helping students with learning disabilities. The first steps are often self-educating, creating alliances with parents, and getting information to parents. I would use the NCLD site to direct teachers to resources, laws, and practices.

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Parents: How can you make sure your child has what he or she needs to learn?

"Would anyone question a student wearing a pair of glasses or getting around in a wheelchair as taking luxuries upon themselves? No, and this is because these technologies are necessitated in order for people with disabilities to circumvent their disabilities and participate more freely in every day life (Johansen, 1997)." (wikibooks.org, p. 2)


Parents often worry that their child is either being coddled or stigmatized by the use of assistive technology. I would recommend that parents visit the site linked from the NCLD site: Understood.org. This can help parents educate themselves, create connections, and get a better understanding of what it means to have a learning disability. This site is a resource for parents to understand their child's learning process, get suggestions for support services and technology, and learn to advocate for their child.

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References

Johanson, J. (1997). Technology in education: A case for change Retrieved May 30th, 2008, from http://www.csa.com Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (2003). Adaptive Technologies. Retrieved June 2nd, 2008, from http://www.ldac-taac.ca/indepth/tech_work-e.asp


Milone, M. (2000). Special teachers for special needs. Technology & Learning, 20(9), 40-44. Retrieved June 2nd, 2008 from www.csa.com


wikibooks.org. (2011). Issues in Digital Technology in Education/Assistive Technology in Education: A Critical analysis of the “Highs” and the “Lows". In Issues in Digital Technology in Education. Retrieved from http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Issues_in_Digital_Technology_in_Education/Assistive_Technology_in_Education:_A_Critical_analysis_of_the_%E2%80%9CHighs%E2%80%9D_and_the_%E2%80%9CLows%22


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https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/getting-started