Learning disabilities screening and evaluation guide for low- and middle-income countries

By Anne M. Hayes, Eileen Dombrowski, Allison H. Shefcyk, Jennae Bulat

Learning disabilities are among the most common disabilities experienced in childhood and adulthood. Although identifying learning disabilities in a school setting is a complex process, it is particularly challenging in low- and middle-income countries that lack the appropriate resources, tools, and supports. This guide provides an introduction to learning disabilities and describes the processes and practices that are necessary for the identification process. It also describes a phased approach that countries can use to assess their current screening and evaluation services, as well as determine the steps needed to develop, strengthen, and build systems that support students with learning disabilities. This guide also provides intervention recommendations that teachers and school administrators can implement at each phase of system development. Although this guide primarily addresses learning disabilities, the practices, processes, and systems described may be also used to improve the identification of other disabilities commonly encountered in schools.


Hayes, A. M., Dombrowski, E., Shefcyk, A. H., & Bulat, J. (2018). Learning disabilities screening and evaluation guide for low- and middle-income countries. (RTI Press Publication No. OP-0052-Bulat). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2018.op.0052.1804

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Anne M. HayesAnne M. Hayes, MEd, is an international disability and development consultant.

Eileen DombrowskiEileen Dombrowski, MEd, is a Program Associate at RTI International focusing on early childhood and disability.

Allison H. ShefcykAllison H. Shefcyk, MA, is an education and disability research consultant.

Jennae BulatJennae Bulat, PhD, directs the Teaching and Learning team in the International Development Group at RTI International.

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