There is, unfortunately, a long history of categorizing English Language Learners as having special needs when, in fact, they just need additional language support.
However, there are also English Language Learners who do, indeed, have special needs.
I’d like to publish — either at my Education Week Teacher column or here — recommendations from experienced educators on how to assist ELLs with special needs.
If you have experience in this area, please leave your contact information in the comments section of this post (all comments are moderated, and I won’t publish it). I’ll contact you and we can go from there….