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Trends in Classroom Diversity

March 6, 2013

As the groups of learners within our courses become more diverse, along with learners of different ages, cultures, and backgrounds, there are many adults with learning disabilities who are continuing their education. Some of these adults have been diagnosed with developmental delays, Autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, speech and language impairment, etc. However, depending on the age of the individual and their background, you may also have many learners within your courses that have not been diagnosed. As society becomes more cognizant of developmental and learning disabilities, more children are being diagnosed at younger ages and therefore may receive the required support they need in order to succeed. These individuals are often able to advocate for themselves, asking for the specific support needed to help them learn best. Those students who are unaware that they have a developmental or learning disability may require specific support, but may not ask for it, or know what support best meets their needs. With this trend of continual diversification of learners, including those with specific learning disabilities, it is important for educators to be aware of the possibility of these learners being present in their courses. For those instructors that are not familiar with these disabilities, some research may be beneficial. There are a number of links on this website, as well as a well written report Learning to Achieve: A Professional’s Guide to Educating Adults With Learning Disabilities, where you might find useful information. I too continue my journey as a life-long learner and am constantly researching best practices to support a diversity of learners within my courses.

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