How to be accomodating
One paper clearly stood out from the others: it was clear and artfully written, filled with specific support for a provocative idea. When measuring his academic abilities - the abilities to interpret assignments or negotiate the mechanics of college - Albert was incompetent. I think he had the potential to learn more in my class than he did, but the standard practices of education didnt work for him.Students who, like Albert, do not learn well in traditional educational situations are often labeled learning disabled. Learning disabled literally means not able to learn and creates a stigma for learning disabled students.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).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.
Something as simple as encouraging students to word process all assignments can have a dramatic impact on a student with poor motor-coordination, which often makes his or her handwriting disorganized and difficult to read.
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).
However, just because a teacher uses technology in the classroom does not mean the SLD student will benefit.
In order for technology to truly function as an assistive devices, potential needs for accommodation must be considered when designing an activity/assignment.