Inequality of Learning Disabilities: How Service Privatization Contributes to Educational Inequity

  • Bibinaz PirayeshEmail author
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The experiences of children with learning disabilities in America are vastly different. These differences are attributed to a number of different factors, including the nature of the disability itself. However, a major factor is the inequity in treatment. With the boom of research in neuroscience and brain-based interventions and the growth of such fields as educational therapy that aim to specifically aid students with learning challenges in the private sector, the remediation of disabilities seems more possible today than ever. However, these opportunities are often only a possibility for those with the means to afford remediation. The growing privatization of resources coupled with disparities in parental means therefore work to create the “achievement gap” in ways that are supported ironically, and institutionally, by our economic and legal systems. In this way, new scientific advances in the field are at risk of increasing, instead of decreasing, societal problems. This chapter discusses these issues.


Special education Learning disabilities Educational inequity Socially just inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Association of Educational TherapistsLos AngelesUSA

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  • John M. Heffron
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  1. 1.The Graduate SchoolSoka University of AmericaAliso ViejoUSA

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