Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963992 | Print ISBN: 9781412906784 | Online ISBN: 9781412963992 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Learning Disabilities and English Language Learners
Ana Maria Pazos-Rego
Among the 4,584,946 English language learners (ELLs) enrolled in 2000–2001–9 percent of the total school-age population—are students who also have learning disabilities. A learning disability is a cross-cultural phenomenon; therefore, it might be logical to assume that the growing immigrant population is and will continue to be inclusive of students with learning disabilities. Their learning is influenced not only by the disability but by language and cultural experiences, too. Addressing their needs has been problematic for a variety of reasons discussed in this entry. One of the most critical issues in special education's modern history is the overrepresentation of minorities in special education. Despite the fact that considerable efforts have been made to understand and address the ...