Hispanics Struggle to Find Twice-Exceptional Identity

This series on ethnicity and 2e takes a closer look at how twice-exceptionality intersects with ethnic stereotypes, often adding another layer of “difference” to students. Also see “Taming the ‘Tiger Mom’ Stereotype” and “To Be Gifted, Learning Challenged, and Black.” 

Identifying giftedness or twice-exceptionality is always challenging. A language and cultural barrier makes it more so. Conversations about neurodiversity can overlook additional barriers to gifted services that exist for ethnically diverse students. According to a 2016 New York Times article, white students are twice as likely to be identified for giftedness (or twice-exceptionality) as black and Hispanic students.

However, when non-verbal IQ tests were administered to...


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About Stuart Matranga

Stuart Matranga is an author and journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Maxim, and other magazines. As a teacher, he specializes in students who are reluctant readers. Stuart has extensive experience teaching and working with twice-exceptional students.