A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
(formerly known as Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education)
Special Education and English Language Learners, Colorin Colorado
Office of Civil Rights, (2016) Chapter 6 Tools and Resources for Addressing English Learners with Disabilities
Zelasko, Nancy and Antunez, Beth, If Your Child Learns in Two Languages, A Parent’s Guide for Improving Educational Opportunities for Children Acquiring English as a Second Language, George Washington University
Goldstein, Brian A. (2012) Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Hamayan, Elise, Marler, Barbara, Sanchez-Lopez, Cristina and Damico, Jack, (2013). Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners, Delivering a Continuum of Services, Caslon Publishing
Harry, Beth and Klingner, Janette, (2006) Why Are So Many Minority Students in Special Education, and companion book Case Studies Of Minority Student Placement In Special Education, Teachers College Press
Kalyanpur Maya, and Harry, Beth, (2012) Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education: Building Family-Professional Relationships, Brookes Publishing
Hoover, John J., Klinger, Janette K., Baca, Leonard M., and Patton, James M. (2008) Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners, Pearson Education Inc.
Klingner, Janette K., Hoover, John J., Baca, Leonard M., Editors, (2008). Why do English Language Learners Struggle with Reading? Distinguishing Language Acquisition From Learning Disabilities. Corwin Press
** Refers to large-scale assessments of English language proficiency and academic content
RTI-Based SLD Indentification TOOLKIT Considerations for ELLs, by Claudia RInaldi, Samuel Ortiz and Sue Gamm
Bilingualism is a GIFT, developed by Lauren Harrison for the Watertown Public Schools
The Voices of Latino Families Raising Their Children with Special Needs, (2008) JOURNAL OF LATINOS AND EDUCATION, 7(3), 241–257
Critical Questions on Bilingual Special Education
The following materials presented at the MATSOL conference in 2012 were the result of a collaboration activity of the Dual Language Special Education Network.
Question12. Does G.L. c. 71A apply to students receiving special education services
or accommodations for disabilities?
Under Section 4 of G.L. c. 71A, special educational programs for students with disabilities“shall be completely unaffected.” Therefore, services delivered according to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan for students with disabilities are unaffected by the requirements of G.L. c. 71A.
If a student with disabilities has an IEP or a 504 Plan that requires instruction to be provided to the student in a language other than English, then the district must comply with the IEP or 504 plan in this regard, and no waiver is required.
Source: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING Chapter 71A: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, August 2003