How do we determine “learning disabilities”?

Research from Portland State University, cited in EurekAlert, looked at the over-representation of students from racial minorities and poor socioeconomic backgrounds in special education classes.  The author concluded that, without a clear and well-accepted definition of what a learning disability really is, many students are being misdiagnosed, and stigmatized, due to lack of opportunity rather than real learning problems.  Does your region have a clear definition of learning disabilities, or does this same problem apply to your schools as well?

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