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Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Definition: Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.  Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of: visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; intellectual disability; serious emotional disability; cultural factors; environmental or economic disadvantage; or limited English proficiency.

Specific Learning Disability Listserv

The Colorado Specific Learning Disability (SLD) listserv shares resources, professional development and training opportunities and provides information including current trends, research, and ongoing topics of interest related to SLD. The purpose of this network is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will better the lives of students with Specific Learning Disability and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies. To subscribe to the CO-SLD Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

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Listserv Disclaimer:

A variety of learning opportunities, information, and resources are provided on this listserv. These materials do not represent an exhaustive list, nor are they required or endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The identification or description is for the purpose of providing information and resources and does not constitute CDE's endorsement. Every effort has been made to identify the citation for the resource; please maintain the citation and/or authorship when adapting or modifying these materials.

SLD Podcast - The Gray Area

The Gray Area is a podcast where we examine pressing issues and common questions about Specific Learning Disability

The Gray Area - SLP & Literacy Development

In this episode of The Gray Area, Veronica Fiedler and Tami Cassel discuss the role of Speech Language Pathologist in literacy development. (Episode Length 25:02)

Transcript: The Gray Area: SLP & Literacy Development (PDF)

Prior Written Notice

In this episode of The Gray Area, Veronica Fiedler and Beth Nelson discuss Prior Written Notice in Special Education. (Episode Length 11:04)

Transcript: The Gray Area: Prior Written Notice (PDF)

Additional SLD Resources


For more information, please contact:

Emily Ottinger
Specific Learning Disability Specialist
Email Emily Ottinger


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