Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Melissa Nemon


In U.S. history, people who have any form of disabilities have been overlooked, hidden at home and other were sent away. Much like minorities who enter the US educational system and are often times placed in remedial classes or special education due to their language barrier. The over-representation of minorities in special education classes has sparked researchers’ interest in determining if being multi-lingual can cause any form of learning disability. After much research, it has been concluded that being multi-lingual does not correlate with having learning disabilities however; which does not explain the over-representation of multi-lingual minorities in special education classes. The Determining Differences in Bilingualism and Learning Disabilities workshop aimed to educate new educators in the field to determine if the students in their classroom have a learning disability or a language barrier. With the minorities of this country soon becoming the majority, the timing for the workshop seemed appropriate. The results of the workshop confirmed that a workshop for educators in the field was an effective pathway to learning the differences in language barriers and learning disabilities.