What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a neurological disorder. People with learning disabilities may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information with working memory. Fifteen percent of the U.S. population, or one in seven Americans, has some type of learning disability, dyslexia and/ or ADHD, according to the National Institute of Health. Sixty percent of adults with literacy problems may have undetected learning disabilities and some individuals don’t realize they have learning disabilities until they are adults.
A learning disability is not an indication of a person’s intelligence. Also, learning disabilities are not the same as learning problems due to intellectual and developmental disabilities, or emotional, vision, hearing, or motor skills problems.
A learning disability cannot be cured. However, with early intervention and support in the educational system, it can become manageable and the person can succeed in school and all aspects of life.
Parents, teachers and tutors can help children and adult students with learning disabilities achieve such success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, building on their gifts and teaching them to self-advocate. Identifying and providing accommodations to the curriculum and integrating the use of assistive technology are important components of a path towards success in the educational system.
Learning Disability Online Resources
Here is a link to the National Institute of Health’s website information on Learning Disabilities