LD misrepresented again

In a recent installment of “Stephanie’s Heroes,” Stephanie Satchell, a local TV reporter, tells the story of Lauren Baetsen, Emily Nemec, and Amanda Halacy who are undergraduates at the University of Virginia and who will spend their summer working with children who have moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and other disabilities in Lusaka, Zambia. The effort by these young women makes for a marvelous story, and I’m very glad Ms. Stachell covered it. It’s too bad she does not know “learning disabilities” from this host of other problems, though.

Yep, you’ve probably deduced the point of this post: Despite the fact that the Special Hope Network, the program that Ms. Satchell describes, focuses on children with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism, hydrocephalus, Rhett Syndrome, and global delay (among other conditions), Ms. Satchell refers to them as having LD.

In this week’s Stephanie’s Heroes, three University of Virginia undergrads are going the distance to improve education for children with learning disabilities. They plan to travel to Zambia to help new teachers and implement new lesson plans that could make a big difference for students.

Lauren Baetsen, Emily Nemec and Amanda Halacy will soon be leaving Grounds at UVa. and heading thousands of miles away to go to the Special Hope Network in Lusaka, Zambia.

The network works to help children with learning disabilities. It focuses on academics, health and educating parents and caregivers about how to care for those children.

Sigh…. It’s a never-ending concern, I suppose.

Anyway, what these students are doing is a really great thing. Read Ms. Satchell’s story, Stephanie’s Heroes: UVa Students to Help Zambian Kids and an earlier piece by Matt Kelly ( U.Va. Student Project to Aid Zambian Disabled Children Earns Davis Prize), who gets the disability categories right.

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