ERIC Number: ED235639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Disabilities: Issues on Definition. A Position Paper Prepared by the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.
The paper sets forth the position of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities regarding definitions of learning disabilities (LD) as found in P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. The paper cites difficulties with the current definition, suggesting that misinterpretation has given the impression that individuals with LD are a homogeneous group. The committee recommends that the term LD be recognized as a general label with different subgroups. Other recommendations address the need for recognizing that adults also may have LD, affirming inherently altered processes of acquiring and using information as a basis of LD, and not restricting LD to individuals without other handicapping conditions or in different cultural and linguistic groups (as the "exclusion clause" in P.L. 94-142 may be interpreted to do). An alternative definition of LD is proposed. (CL)
Descriptors: Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Etiology, Learning Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Neurological Impairments, Position Papers
NJCLD, The Orton Dyslexia Society, 724 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.