Learning Disabilities: The Missing Discussion in Disability Studies: Is There a Possibility for Alliance?

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Waseem Mazher
Kim Reid


learning disabilities, disability studies, impairment


We propose an alliance between disability studies (DS) and the field of learning disabilities (LD); an alliance based on the need for shared research ethics and a critique of contemporary educational practices that perpetuate misunderstandings and marginalization of disabled students. The positivist thinking that has permeated both research and instruction in LD has resulted in significant minority overrepresentation. Not only could LD benefit from DS social analyses and humanities scholarship, but DS could become a more inclusive, more representative discipline.

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