View and download the ASHA 2015 presentation by Cate Crowley, Tia Washington and Diane El-Sawaf here:
Cate Crowley from Teachers College, Columbia University along with Tia Washington and Diane El-Sawaf from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) discuss measures taken to combat the over referral of students from diverse backgrounds for special education services in New York City. This includes developing skilled evaluators and an evaluation template to encourage appropriate evaluation. In addition, there is a need for evaluation materials that are unbiased, valid and reliable as opposed to many commonly used standardized tests. In response to this need, Dr. Crowley developed a series of evaluation materials (SLAM materials) designed to be less biased towards students from diverse backgrounds. All the materials can be found below and are free for download.
For further information on providing appropriate disability evaluations, watch Dr. Crowley’s module series here:
Take the free CEU course mentioned in the presentation here: