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Accommodating students with special needs in the classroom

accommodating students with special needs in the classroom-75

The number of SLD students in higher education is actually greater since many SLD students do not have the formal testing that legitimizes their learning disability.What this means is that one-fourth to one-third of freshmen students have some level of learning difficulty.

However, many technology resources standard to most computer classrooms - word processing, Internet use, Power Point, and other types of multimedia - may benefit SLD students with only slight modifications.This number has increased approximately 10% in the last ten years.In 1993, 25% of all college students identified themselves as learning disabled, and in 2000 this number increased to approximately 33% (NCLD).These students can learn, and can excel in academics.They just learn differently (Shaywitz, Davis 3, Levine qtd in Prescott 18-19, La Voie Understanding Learning Disabilities, Krantrowitz 72-74, 78).The number of SLD students in colleges and universities is rising.

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, in 1992, 65% of high school students with documented learning disabilities went on to postsecondary studies.

Many times I inwardly groaned in frustration at Alberts apparently irrelevant questions, late assignments, and misunderstanding of papers/activities.

But the real frustration came when I was grading research papers. When measuring ideas, Albert was a genius, or at least he had the potential to excel.

He stares at the books for a minute, turns to face the class, and announces, as if he had just awakened: "I just dropped my textbooks in the library return chute." He turns and runs back out again to few muffled titters from the class.

This was not the only disruption with Albert that semester.

Applying this label--whether by teachers, parents, peers, and even the students themselves--can make such students feel they are stupid or below normal intelligence.