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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Rose Dene David, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Jimalee Sowell, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Solange Lopes Murphy, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA
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OBSERVING AND EXPLORING ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITABILITY OF PRACTICES IN THE TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT OF MULTILINGUAL LEARNERS
Bryn Keck, Kimberly Cacciato, Shelly Rasnitsyn, & Solange A. Lopes Murphy, College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA
The research on strategies to support multilingual learners and on ways to assess their academic progress is quite robust. However, to what extent has this body of research made its way into classroom practices? This article addresses this question and recommends practices to properly teach and assess these students. Read More
HELPING VISUALLY-IMPAIRED STUDENTS IN AN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM: AN INTERVIEW WITH MAYA REJEPOVA
Jimalee Sowell, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Maya Rejepova, U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
While English language instructors in classrooms around the world are tasked with teaching inclusive classes, they do not always receive training in inclusive classroom pedagogy or training for accommodating specific disabilities. In this interview, Maya Rejepova shares experiences of teaching herself how to assist visually-impaired students in her classes. Read More
LIVING ON THE SPECTRUM: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
Andy Curtis, University of Anaheim, Anaheim, California, USA
After 30 years of publishing, and some 200 articles, the 50th President of TESOL International Association writes for the first time about his first 50 years on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, in relation to what he calls “The Eight Ds”: Differentness, Disability, Danger, Destruction, Diagnosis, Disorder, and Dichotomous Distinctions. Read More
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CALL FOR PAPERS
The Difference and Disability Matters Newsletteris calling for articles on supporting students with disabilities, with a special focus on inclusion of multilingual families in the special education evaluation process. For information on how you can contribute, refer to our call for submissions. Please send articles to Solange Lopes Murphy and Jimalee Sowell, Difference and Disability Matters co-editors
UPCOMING EVENTS

Webinar: Beyond Compliance–Elevating the Voice of Immigrant Families is the Special Education Process
Date/Time: Saturday, November 6, 2021 11:00 a.m. EST
Presenter: Milena Varbanova

SSDIS Virtual Coffee Hour
Date/Time: Saturday, November 20, 2021. 3 p.m. EST (UTC -5)

Webinar: Peers in Inclusive English as an Additional Language Classrooms for Students with Special Needs in Social Communication
Date/Time: Saturday, December 4, 2021. 11:00 a.m. WIB (Jakarta) (UTC +7). [11:00 Hanoi, 11:00 Bangkok, 12:00 Kuala Lumpur, 12:00 Manila, 13:00 Seoul, 13:00 Tokyo]
Presenter: Afifah Muharikah

 

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