Voices from the Field

Hear from leaders in the field of Learning Disabilities!

TeachingLD has gathered videos that provide special opportunities to hear researchers discuss their work and its application to teaching students with learning disabilities. These are not average folks but leaders in the field--the authors you read, the researchers you follow, the historical figures who laid the foundation for learning disabilities. Hear the stories about how they got involved in the field, how their work evolved, and what they hope for the future of the field! 

Members of DLD's executive board asked these experts a common set of questions and, thanks to the help of a team of volunteers who produced, directed, shot, and edited the responses carefully, you can watch them answer as Voices from the Field.

  • Donald Deshler's Beginning

    May 20 2015

    Project C-2 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    What was Don Deshler doing in Alaska and what does his time there have to do with him becoming committed to finding ways to help adolescents with Learning Disabilities? Find out by watching this segment of TeachingLD's "voices from the field."

  • Barbara Bateman's Beginning

    April 12 2015

    Bateman 1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Who knew that Barbara Bateman started working with students who were blind? What is more, she started when she had very little background. How little? Watch this video to learn how Professor Bateman got her start.

  • Naomi Zigmond's Reflections on Issues

    April 7 2015

    Zigmond 4 fixed from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professor Zigmond discusses her concerns about standards, inclusion, skills development, and more. Have a listen...probably more than once. 

  • Naomi Zigmond's Thoughts on the Strengths of LD

    April 7 2015

    Zigmond 5 fixed from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    What are the strengths on which Learning Disabilities, as a discipliine, can depend now? What do advocates for LD know and can trust?

  • Naomi Zigmond's Work's Implications for Practice

    April 7 2015

    Zigmond 6 fixed from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    What can people in the field, people who work with children and youths day to day, take from a scholar's work and apply to their work? Professor Zigmond has recommendations.

  • Sharon Vaughn's Thoughts on the Strengths of LD

    April 7 2015

    Vaughn 4 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professor Vaughn clearly catalogs how examples of how research from Learning Disabiities has provided foundations for improving education as a whole. 

  • Sharon Vaughn's Work's Evolution

    April 7 2015

    Vaughn 2 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professor Vaughn reflected on how her work evolved so that she could make a difference in the lives of children with the most significant reading problems.

  • Sharon Vaughn's Beginnings (Part 2)

    April 7 2015

    Vaughn 2 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professor Vaughn continues her reflections on how she got her start in special education.

  • Louis Danielson's Work's Evolution

    March 16 2015

    Project B-1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Lou Danielson remembers starting his school psychology internship as important legal decisions were just beginning to affect placement of students with disabilities in public schools. 

  • Charles Hughes's Work's Evolution

    March 16 2015

    Project D-1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Charlie Hughes retells his experiences about the benefits of having the opportunity to work with Don Deshler and others. 

  • Naomi Zigmond's Beginnings

    March 16 2015

    Zigmond 1 fixed from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Naomi Zigmond remembers how she followed the clinical case of a child who had aphasia. As she learned more about the boy's diagnosis and treatment, she was drawn into studying the nascent area we now call Learning Disabilities. 

  • Lynn and Doug Fuchs' Beginnings

    March 16 2015

    Fuchs 1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professors Lynn and Doug Fuchs recount how their early efforts aimed at starting their own school led to later studies and ultimately to interest in multi-tiered systems of support for an array of students with learning problems and Learning Disabilities. 

  • Sharon Vaughn's Beginnings

    March 16 2015

    Vaughn 1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professor Vaughn recalls how living in the neighborhood of a large institution prior to the onset of deinstitutionalization led her to develop an interest in helping change the life course of children with disabilities. 

  • Donald Deshler's Work's Evolution

    March 15 2015

    Project C-1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Professor Don Deshler explains how his career, beginning in Alaska, evolved after he attended a summer institute. 

  • Margo Mastropieri's and Tom Scruggs's Work's Evolution

    March 15 2015

    project A-1 from TeachingLD on Vimeo.

    Margo Mastropieri and Tom Scruggs have made many different contributions to the education of students with learning disabilities during their distinguished careers. In this segment, they explain how their work changed as they learned from earlier work and pursued different ideas later.