Introduction to Invisible Disabilities in the General Education Classroom

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Support, Modify, Accommodate for Students with Hidden Disabilities

In the current general education classroom, there are countless invisible disabilities present. An invisible disability is a disability that may not be immediately apparent, yet they significantly impact a student’s academic, social, and emotional learning. Some of the more common invisible disabilities in the general education classroom include ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. Special education teachers have extensive training on how to support this population in the classroom, but there is a lack of professional development for the mainstream teachers ad classroom.  This course seeks to be an introduction that will provide resources and support to general education teachers in the K-12 setting who encounter invisible disabilities in the classroom.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators interested in learning how to better support and accommodate student learning for those with invisible disabilities in the general education classroom.

Course Materials:  None

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EDU-X774L – 004 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Introduction to Invisible Disabilities in the General Education Classroom

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Aleen Kojayan

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify the variety of learning differences (ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism) presented in their classroom or workplace
  • Explain how each learning difference impacts academics, social, and emotional factors
  • Differentiate for invisible disabilities in the classroom or workplace
  • Generate lessons that are inclusive of all invisible disabilities
  • Integrate relevant research-based technology to supplement lessons to better meet the needs of different learners


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