The disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically
diverse students in special education is well documented. In this literature review
I explored how students’ English Language Learner status affects the
disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Countries have different ways of educating students with disabilities and
many countries have differing views on where and when students with
disabilities should be educated. Although in many countries culturally and
linguistically diverse populations tend to also be disproportionately represented
in the country’s special education programs (Artilles & Aydin, 2008)
I have special interest in the country of India because I had the opportunity to teach
and live there for about two years. One of my friend’s has a child with disabilities
and I encountered some of the students who may have had learning disabilities and other
teacher’s perspectives and biases towards students with disabilities.
Artiles, A. J., & Aydin, B. (2008). The next generation of disproportionality research: Toward a comparative model in the study of equity in ability differences. The Journal of Special Education, 42(1), 4-14. doi: 10.1177/0022466907313603
Assistive Technology (AT) In-service
This AT in-service is the culmination of an internship focused on students with significant needs and how assistive technology is used in the classroom. This in-service is written specifically for general education teachers at the school where I am employed. The presentation gives an overview of what AT is, what types of devices are used, how to decide whether a student can benefit from AT, and which AT devices would be best for that student.