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Evidence-based Strategies - Examples, Research and Tools

Strategy d: Assess students' skill levels and screen them for learning disabilities or other special needs, and make referrals as appropriate. Provide potential students with enough information that they can make an informed decision about enrolling, including a realistic assessment of skill levels and the time and effort required for achieving their goals.


Making Universal Design a Reality
Deborah Reck
This article describes the three-tier transition one program undertook in order to better address the needs of students with learning disabilities. Changes included applying the principles of universal design for all students, determining the need for accommodations, and individualizing support for students.


Addressing Potential Impediments to Learning with ESOL Students
Robin Lovrien Schwarz
The author discusses six factors that may cause learning difficulties for ESOL students, and which are often mistaken for learning disabilities.


Getting Started with Assistive Technology
Heidi Silver-Pacuilla
There are a multitude of assistive technologies now available to support students with a range of learning needs. This article describes what these tools can do and where to find them.

Student Learning Self-Assessment
Renton Technical College
This 3-part tool includes a self-assessment of learning difficulties, a list of related strategy options, and an action planning form.