5 Characteristics and Impact on Learning

Paula Lombardi

5. Characteristics and impact on learning

What type of learning, behavior, communication, physical and or health characteristics are typical of a learner with x disability?

In this section of the summary you will demonstrate an understanding of how the disability presents and how these characteristics impact learning.

The course readings will provide you with resources related to this information.

  • The information that you summarize in this section will provide foundational knowledge in which you will use to select Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies, and assistive technologies to support learning and access to the learning environment. Knowledge of these characteristics of —- disability, and how those characteristics impact learning, will enable you to plan universally designed learning (UDL) environments that provide equity and access to the general education curriculum.

For the purpose of this research project you will report on the broad spectrum within each of the 14 IDEA disability categories. Most of the disability categories will have sub-categories of the overarching disability.

In addition to varying combinations of characteristics of the disability, know that the learner will present with varying degrees of severity among those characteristics.


In education, the term equity refers to the principle of fairness. While it is often used interchangeably with the related principle of equality, equity encompasses a wide variety of educational models, programs, and strategies that may be considered fair, but not necessarily equal. It is has been said that “equity is the process; equality is the outcome,” given that equity—what is fair and just—may not, in the process of educating students, reflect strict equality—what is applied, allocated, or distributed equally. (Glossary of Education Reform, 2016)


Glossary of Education Reform, (2016). Equity. Retrieved from https://www.edglossary.org/equity/



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