Impact of the social construction of LD on culturally diverse families: A response to reid and valle

Maya Kalyanpur, Beth Harry

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This response focuses on the effects of the current construction of learning disabilities (LD) on families of children from devalued racial/ethnic groups. Agreeing with the arguments of Reid and Valle, we add that parents from such groups are further disenfranchised because they are not participants in the critical discourse surrounding LD and because of the persistent belief that their parenting skills are deficient. We also suggest that the expectation of parental advocacy may be alien to parents whose cultures do not embrace an individualist perspective. Professionals can improve their responses to such parents by an understanding of the principle of cultural reciprocity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-533
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of learning disabilities
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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