Transition of Latino Students with Learning Disabilities: Applications for Rehabilitation Counseling

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Latinos are the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States with an estimated population of 44.3 million (Pew Hispanic Center, 2007). The growth rate of the Latino population is 24.3%, which is three times the growth rate of the total population of 6.1% (U.S. Census Bureau). Of the U.S. Latinos, Mexicans are the largest Latino group in the United States with 64% (U.S. Census Bureau). Puerto Ricans are the second largest Latino group in the U.S. (not including those who live in Puerto Rico) with 9.0 % of the population (U.S. Census Bureau). The third largest group is Cuban (3.4%), and fourth largest group are Dominicans (2.8 %; U.S. Census Bureau). Other countries such Central and South America account for 13% of the…show more content…
By the end of the 2008 school year, the number of Latinos will increase to nine million (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2003). Consequently, the rate of Latino students in special education has also increased. For example, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs reported that 14.6% of Latino students aged 6 to 21 years of age received services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (U.S. Department of Education, 2005). Furthermore, 6% of the Latino students in special education with ages ranging between 6 to 21 have a learning disability (NCES, 2007). A learning disability is a general term that refers to a heterogenous group of disorders that influence a student’s ability to perform tasks. Persons with learning disabilities may often have difficulties in understanding or using spoken or written language. This condition may manifest itself as a difficulty in listening, thinking, speaking, reading, writing, spelling or performing mathematical calculations (IDEAI, 2004). Learning disability has an impact on the students academic and work performance . Research has documented challenges faced by both Latino with learning disability and other disabilities in both education and in their capacity to remain employed and complete college.. In a research by Latinos with Learning

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