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Disability Comparison Template

Part 1

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For this section of the template, focus on gathering details about the IDEA disability categories. Review the textbook and the topic study materials and use them to complete the chart. Note that “Autism” has been completed for you as an example.

 

Disability Category Definition Characteristics Causes Prevalence Potential Effect on Learning
Autism Autism is a developmental disability that affects communication (verbal and nonverbal) and social skills. -Difficulty communicating and interpreting motives and cues of others

-Not comfortable with change

-Poor social skills

-May engage in the same activity over and over (SARRC, n.d.)

The causes of autism are not clear, but has something to do with brain development before birth. Autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities. Prevalence has changed to 1 in 68 children in U.S. (Autism Society, 2016, para. 2) Difficulty with written expression. Reading comprehension, math problem solving, fine and gross motor skills may also be affected, over and under selective attention
Deaf-Blind          
Deafness          
Developmental Delay          
Emotional Disturbance          
Hearing Impairment          
Intellectual Disability          
Multiple Disabilities          
Orthopedic Impairment          
Other Health Impairment          
Specific Learning Disability          
Speech or Language Impairment          
Traumatic Brain Injury          
Visual Impairment Including Blindness          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2

For this section of the template, focus on gathering details about common, specific learning disabilities. These disabilities fall under the IDEA disability categories you researched for the chart above. Review the textbook and the topic study materials and use them to complete the chart.

Learning Disability Definition Characteristics Causes Prevalence Potential Effect on Learning
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)          
Auditory Processing

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