ERIC Number: ED394221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Invisible Disability: Understanding Learning Disabilities in the Context of Health and Education. Occasional Paper 11.
This paper reviews the state of the art concerning how learning disabilities (LD) are defined; how students with LD and their families are affected; and how LD can be addressed by interdisciplinary teams of health and education professionals. The emphasis is on dispelling the myth that children with LD are not at serious risk for adverse educational and health outcomes because LD are "mild." Major sections of the paper address the following topics: (1) defining LD (inclusions, exclusions, and subtypes); (2) the role of the health care community (assessment and diagnosis, the importance of diagnosis, medication, and the need for health professionals to collaborate with educators); (3) the role of the education community (early intervention, school-based interventions, medication, the gifted student with learning disabilities, secondary and postsecondary education, and the need to collaborate with health professionals); and (4) the role of parents (the importance of understanding treatment and the emotional impact of LD). Appendices list LD myths and misconceptions and causes of school failure. A glossary is provided. Overviews of the Learning Disabilities Association and the National Health and Education Consortium are also included. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Clinical Diagnosis, Definitions, Drug Therapy, Early Intervention, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted Disabled, Health Services, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Parent Role, Physicians, Postsecondary Education, School Role, Student Needs, Teacher Role
National Health & Education Consortium, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning Disabilities Association of America, Pittsburgh, PA.; National Health/Education Consortium.