Understanding Disability Categories and Differentiation Ideas for English Learners with Disabilities (ELWD) (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


The intended audience for this document is teachers of English Learners (EL) who do not have a formal background with special education. The purpose of this document is to provide a foundation for professional conversations about appropriate supports according to a specific category of need that is influenced by a specific disability or combination of disabilities.

  • Consider the Disability and Implications on Learning
  • Differentiation and Support Ideas by Type of Instructional Concern


Behavior Communication/Language Curriculum/Instructional Methods Disability Characteristics English Learners (ELs) Instructional Strategies Professional Resources