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Reducing Bias in Assessment: Tools for Addressing Disproportionality in Special Education (On Demand Webinar) (PD102697)

Presenter(s): Jose A. Ortiz, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

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Multilingual children are often over- or under-identified as having speech- and/or language-related disorders. This webinar will review the underlying causes of this disproportionality, the role that SLPs can play in prevention, and the importance of nonbiased assessment. The presenter will discuss how SLPs can improve the accuracy of language-related disorder identification in schools by leveraging their unique skill set. The webinar will present a framework for disproportionality prevention as well as information about specific assessment methods.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Discuss the underlying causes of disproportionality in different groups of multilingual children 
  • Discuss the essential components of the disproportionality prevention framework and the role that SLPs play
  • Explain how to utilize nonbiased assessment methods to improve identification of language-related disorders

DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Presenter Information

José A. Ortiz, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and faculty member in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he serves as the director of the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP). He has an interest in bilingual language development and technology-enhanced service delivery. He is active in the local community, helping to facilitate educational workshops for caregivers and serving as an advocate for bilingual education.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Employee of the University of Maryland, College Park

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar date: December 13, 2023
End date: December 15, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102697
Available Through: December 15, 2028