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Get Involved in Research about Learning Disabilities and Math


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Image shows a teenager using a calculator

Students with learning disabilities often report feeling stigmatized and stereotyped in school settings. These experiences can often lead to negative emotions, such as fear and stress, which can hurt students’ academic performance and achievement. While qualitative reports suggest the widespread experience of stigmatization in students with learning disabilities, few in-depth studies have examined this important issue. In the current study, CAST aims to explore the prevalence and impact of stigmatization and stress in students with learning disabilities. Additionally, the research will explore if these experiences affect academic performance, specifically in math. 

Who can participate?

We are looking for students in 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades with a learning disability interested in participating in a study.

What will students do?

  • Students will meet with a researcher for two 45-minute sessions on different days, with sessions scheduled at the student’s convenience.
  • During the sessions, students will complete online and paper questionnaires and take two short math tests.

Why should you participate?

By participating in this research, you and your child will be supporting a better understanding of how students experience the emotional consequences of stress and stigmatization, and how this may affect them academically. This research will contribute to development of future educational interventions that support better outcomes for students with learning disabilities.

If selected to participate, students will receive a $40 gift card as thanks for their participation. Parents will receive a $10 gift card as a thank you for facilitating this important research.

Next Steps

If your child would like to participate in this study, email the CAST project coordinator directly at or call 781-315-1958. We will set up a quick introductory phone call to collect demographic information and schedule your child’s participation.

To learn more about CAST, visit our homepage.