Learning disability is a general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disability can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills. The skills most often affected are: reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and doing math.
Almost 3 million children (ages 6 through 21) have some form of a learning disability and receive special education in school. In fact, over half of all children who receive special education have a learning disability (Twenty-fourth Annual Report to Congress, U.S. Department of Education, 2002). It's important, though, to realize that learning disabilities (LD) vary from person to person. One person with LD may not have the same kind of learning problems as another person with LD. One may have trouble with reading and writing. Another may have problems with understanding math. Still another person may have trouble in each of these areas, as well as with understanding what people are saying.
This A-Z Topics page is intended to connect you with more information about the disability. The resources we've listed here will lead you to groups with great authority on learning disabilities and and to what research is revealing about both the medical aspects of LD and effective education for the nearly 3 million students with LD. You'll also find research and practical advice on behavior management, and the latest thinking on appropriate procedures for diagnosing LD.
The list below isn't intended to be exhaustive of the resources available. It's intended to get you started on your search for information about LD.
Quick Intros to Learning Disabilities
- Want a quick overview?
Read NICHCY's 4-page fact sheet on LD.
- LD at a glance.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is an excellent source of information. Read about LD in this fact sheet, how to tell if someone has a learning disability, what causes LD, how common they are, and what can be done.
- If you're new to LD...
...then the Learning Disabilities Association of America has written this intro for you.
- The ABCs of LD.
You'll find LD Online a rich source of info. Start here for a quick intro.
- Definitions and overviews.
SchwabLearning will give you LD fast facts, an overview, and definitions.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Dissemination Center.
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