Definitions and eligibility criteria applied to the adolescent and adult population with learning disabilities across agencies

Noël Gregg, Sally Scott, Donna McPeek, Beth Ferri

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the similarities and differences across state agencies serving adolescents and adults with learning disabilities in relation to their definitions and eligibility criteria for services. Significant differences were noted within and across agencies. Specific emphasis was given to investigating the 51 state departments of special education (SPE) and vocational rehabilitation (VR), including Washington, DC. A conceptual framework consisting of 21 components was used in analyzing the definitions and criteria. A follow-up phone interview was conducted with 14 state departments of SPE and VR to provide additional input on current trends that might not have been reflected in the empirical data. An outcome of those findings resulted in suggestions for definitions and eligibility criteria policy across state agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
JournalLearning Disability Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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