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Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are quite common.

According to the National Council on Disability (2003), students with disabilities are estimated to represent nearly 10 percent of all higher education students in the United States, almost half of whom were diagnosed as learning disabled (Skinner & Lindstrom, 2003). Furthermore, learning disabilities is the fastest growing disability category among college freshmen (Cobb, 2002).

Many successful individuals have learning disabilities.

The accomplishments of notable learning disabled individuals such as Albert Einstein, Bruce Jenner, and Leonard da Vinci serve as examples of the tremendous potential that can be realized by individuals despite this type of disability. According to a Cass Business School survey 1 in 3 entrepreneurs self-report that they are learning disabled.

Causes of learning disabilities.

The specific causes of learning disabilities are not clearly understood; however, these disorders are presumably related to central nervous system dysfunction.   This results in a lack of achievement for age and ability level, and a severe discrepancy between their achievement and intellectual abilities.


In summary
  • Learning disabilities (LD) are hidden disabilities
  • Most people with LD have average to above average intelligence
  • LD is an information processing, storage, or retrieval problem, not an intelligence problem
  • Any stage of the biochemical process of learning can contain a defect while the other stages remain unaffected
  • LD is quite common
  • People with LD are found throughout the work force: entry level positions to CEO's. 1 in 3 entrepreneurs self-identify as LD.
  • With technology, people with LD can be successful in all areas of employment
  • Learning disabilities are individualized; any generalizations about specific signs or symptoms are of limited value.

Useful Resources:

LDOnline offers resources for faulty that support their understanding of Learning Disabilities.

The Faculty Lounge is a disability resource site for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions.

Last Modified 8/9/10