Impact of Disabilities

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Children with disabilities can and do learn to read and write, with or without accommodations. Disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language Disorder, Deafness, Hearing Losses, Emotional Impairment, Cognitive Impairment, or Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia, can impact learning, not always because of the disabilities themselves, but in part, because of lack of support that meets individualized needs. Too often, children with disabilities are lumped into one category of “special education,” receive instruction that teach isolated and fragmented skills, and are somehow expected to make connections between their special education and general education environments. A restorative approach allows children with disabilities to take the lead on their literacy development needs, bring back authentic literacies, determine best instructional approaches, and assure necessary accommodations. 

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