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Understanding Different Learning Disabilities and How to Accommodate Them

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

Learning disabilities are neurologically based conditions that affect an individual's ability to process, retain, and express information. While learning disabilities can manifest in a variety of ways and can affect individuals of all ages, they are often identified in children during their early years of schooling. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), approximately 15% of the U.S. population has a learning disability.

Defining Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are a group of disorders that impact an individual's ability to learn, read, write, and do mathematical calculations. These conditions are not the result of poor teaching, inadequate intelligence, or other factors but rather differences in how the brain processes information. Learning disabilities can impact individuals in different ways and to varying degrees. They can co-occur with other conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).