CKSS Special Education: Learning Disabilities
Learning Disabilities Explained
Learning Disabilities (LDs) are specific neurological disorders that affect the way a person stores, understands, retrieves and/or communicates information. People with learning disabilities are intelligent and have abilities to learn despite difficulties in processing information and a pattern of uneven abilities.
- LDs are invisible and lifelong.
- LDs can occur with other disorders (ADHD, etc) and may run in families.
- LDs are NOT the same as mental retardation, autism, deafness, blindness, behavioral disorders or laziness.
- LDs are not the result of economic disadvantage, environmental factors or cultural differences.
- Living with a learning disability can have an ongoing impact on friendships, school, work, self-esteem and daily life.
- People with LDs can succeed when solid coping skills and strategies are developed.