Interrupting the discourse: A response to reid and valle

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Reid and Valle (in this issue) illustrate how discourse within the field of learning disabilities (LD) determines what can and cannot be said and shapes what counts as knowledge or truth. Because basic assumptions about disability often remain unquestioned, Reid and Valle ask us to focus on the epistemological foundations of the field of LD. They demonstrate how discourse, far from being simply an academic or abstract theoretical pursuit, has direct material consequences for people labeled as having LD. In this response, I highlight some of the ways that the discourse in the LD field is getting in the way of truly transforming education for all learners and impeding our ability to ask the hard questions about our own complicity in issues such as the overrepresentation of students of color and the inaccessibility of general education learning environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-515
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of learning disabilities
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • General Health Professions


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