Overall we feel strongly that one of the myriad goals of research is to positively effect change in the lives and educational experiences of all SLI students, keeping in mind that many who suffer and are silenced are students of color. This research is highly important given that research indicates that language impairment (such as SLI) is linked with youth suicide. This paper, noticing the underrepresentation of SLI research in multicultural texts, analyzes Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data procured from the Data Accountability Center (DAC) (2011). Testing for racial differences amongst SLI students, it was found that Whites (ages 6-21) are more likely to stutter than Blacks or Asians.
Hartlep, Nicholas D. and Ellis, Antonio L., "The Nonwhite Speech Language Impaired Student Population: The "Cycle-of-Silence" and the "Possessive Investment in Whiteness"" (2011). NERA Conference Proceedings 2011. 3.