ERIC Number: ED211941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Can Public Schools Meet the Literacy Needs of the Handicapped? Literacy: Meeting the Challenge.
Abrams, Jules C.
The seventh of eight related documents, this booklet is part of a series of papers presented at the 1978 National Right to Read Conference examining issues and problems in literacy. In examining the literacy needs of the handicapped, this booklet notes diagnostic imprecision and political ineffectiveness as disadvantages in adopting the single generic label "learning disabilities." The paper first presents the etiological diversity of reading and learning disorders by citing examples of those emanating from sociopsychological factors and then those emanating from psychophysiological factors. It next presents the approach to labelling, developed by the Disabled Reader Committee of the International Reading Association, that involves using the generic term "learning disorders," but restricting its application to so-called "hard-core" children. After indicating the preparation individuals need to work with these children and the failure of current certification programs to provide it, the paper discusses the practical difficulties of obtaining financial support for learning-disabled children unless they are specifically labelled. It concludes by looking forward to a form of certification that will accommodate both general expertise in learning disabilities and special expertise in reading skills. (HTH)
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Literacy, Mental Disorders, Physical Disabilities, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Teacher Certification
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Right to Read Program.