Dr. Donna Wakefield
Donna Wakefield, PhD, is an associate professor in the Special Education Program in the National College of Education at National Louis University. Her work focuses on children with exceptional learning needs. She researches the portrayal of disabilities in children’s and young adult literature from both a literature viewpoint and a disability viewpoint. She has presented on making literacy and literature accessible to all by adapting literacy tools for individuals with special needs as well as the use of technologies for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
10 Tips for Teaching About Invisible Disabilities and Bullying. Did you know that children with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than other children—some studies say as much as two or three times more likely?
And students with so-called “invisible” or hidden disabilities—such as dyslexia, hearing loss, allergies, anxiety, ADHD, speech impairments, and autism spectrum disorder—are particularly vulnerable. Why?