15 May 2019

15th May 1962 - learning disabilities first appeared in print

According to Today in Psychology History , on 15th May 1962 the term learning disabilities first appeared in print in the first edition of Samuel A. Kirk's book, Educating Exceptional Children.

The book was intended to develop a healthy realistic understanding of the exceptional life of individual with disabilities. Topics include multicultural and bilingual issues, learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, communication disorders, hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical disabilities, and giftedness.

Such terminology is part of the movement made during the last half century to use non-discriminatory language that avoids stereotypes, prejudices, and stigmatised terms.

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