Living with a learning disability (LD) is no easy task. Throughout your life, your LD accompanies you everywhere—to the workplace, the supermarket, the bowling alley…it's always there. Adults need to understand how to manage their LD and the risks and advantages of disclosing their LD status in college, at work, and beyond.
Have you always struggled with reading, spelling or writing and wondered if you (or an adult you care about) might have a learning disability (LD) such as dyslexia? It’s never too late to seek help to discover whether LD is contributing to or underlying these problems. Dyslexia is a ....More >
We live in a world where “early” is thought to be “better,” and in many ways, this mindset serves us well, especially as it applies to learning. With increasing success, we are able to focus well-deserved attention on early recognition and response to struggling preschoolers, early i....More >
If you (or someone you care about) have always had a difficult time with math and spatial concepts, you may want to learn more about a learning disability called dyscalculia. Dyscalculia involves a range of math-related challenges. Below you’ll find a list of common warning signs of d....More >
Many who struggle to learn as adults (and who struggled in their earlier school years) aren’t aware that they have a learning disability (LD). Other adults who were identified with LD when they were children face new challenges in managing their LD in college, on the job, and in carry....More >
There is only one way to know for certain if you have a learning disability: through a formal evaluation by a qualified professional who has been trained to identify learning disabilities. Such professionals may be clinical or educational psychologists, school psychologists, neuropsyc....More >
Have you always had a difficult time with writing—the physical act of using a pen and pencil during writing or conveying your ideas in written formats? Or, do you know someone who might struggle with written expression? If so, you’ll want to know about a learning disability (LD) calle....More >
Maintaining a long-lasting and satisfying relationship with a spouse or partner is challenging enough. But having a learning disability (LD) may make it even harder. You may want the relationship to be a stronger one, but you don't know how to make that happen. Some of the behaviors ....More >
Are you a high school student who uses assistive technology (AT) in school as a way of compensating for your learning disability? Do you have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that requires your school to provide you with a personal talking word processor, an electronic keybo....More >
Adults with learning disabilities can make successful life adjustments and lead fulfilling lives. Here are some words of advice from successful adults with LD who have overcome obstacles and achieved success in school, at work, and in the community.
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College offers a wide range of potential benefits to all students. For some, a two-year or four-year college or university program may lead to a career-entry job. For others, a college degree may lead to graduate school or professional training. Your experiences both in and out of cl....More >
Some people with learning disabilities need more intensive services than a community college, university, or vocational-technical school can offer. Life Skills programs are post-secondary educational programs that help young people learn skills needed for independent living.
These p....More >
If you (or someone you care about) have always felt clumsy, or like you're “all thumbs,” you may want to know about a disorder called dyspraxia a condition that hinders motor coordination and impacts many other areas of development and performance. Most of us feel clumsy and awkward f....More >
Here are some typical job problems which cause difficulty for people with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia.They are followed by possibilities for reasonable accommodations: Job problem: You have severe difficulty reading.
What Is Stress?Everyone is affected by stress and reacts to it in different ways. Stress is a way that our body responds to the demands made upon us by the environment, our relationships and our perceptions and interpretations of those demands. We all experience both “good stress” and....More >
Living away from your family can involve moving into your own place. When you first leave home, you will likely have to share your space, or at least share common facilities (e.g., kitchen, laundry) with roommates, in a dormitory, house or apartment. Before making the big move you sh....More >
Learning to successfully interact with others is one of the most important parts of a child’s development. This can be yet another stumbling block for children with learning disabilities (LD): many struggle to develop the skills they need to be competent in social situations. But as a....More >
Learning disabilities can affect skills in listening, thinking, speaking, reading, writing, mathematics and reasoning skills that adults must use every day in fulfilling their roles as family members, employees and citizens. They may occur with, and be complicated by, problems in atte....More >
Are you a college-bound teen who relies on assistive technology (AT) to compensate for your LD or AD/HD? As you prepare for college, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities regarding AT accommodations as a college student. Once on campus, it’ll be up to you to advocat....More >
For adults with reading, writing, or math learning disabilities, or those who have trouble staying organized and remembering things, parenthood can mean facing your learning challenges in a new way. Your struggle with these problems may affect your home life and even your child's beh....More >
Living independently—managing your life on your own—is probably one of your major goals. One key aspect of independent living is managing your money: budgeting, controlling spending, balancing your checkbook, saving for major purchases, paying bills on time, banking, estimating costs ....More >
When parents begin planning for their child’s transition from high school to post-secondary education, it is important to remember that the concept of post-secondary education is not synonymous with college. There are many venues where education can occur, many of which do not involv....More >
A job interview can be a stressful event. There are, however, ways that you can prepare yourself for the experience.
Use this downloadable worksheet to think about – and to write down – your answers to typical job interview questions. You might also try role-playing with a family ....More >
If you have been called for a job interview, congratulations! Your resume, letter, or phone call has gotten the employer interested in you. Your interview will allow the employer to get a better sense of whether you’re a good fit for the job. The interview is also your opportunity to ....More >
There are many reasons for going to a two-year college that should be taken into consideration when deciding which direction you’d like to follow when you graduate from high school. Don’t think of a two-year college as a second-choice option or one that holds less value. Many students....More >
If you’re a student with a learning disability (LD) and you rely on assistive technology (AT) to succeed, you’ll want to know what resources may be available to you in college.Once you provide sufficient documentation of your learning disability, your college is responsible for provid....More >
Whether you’re applying to a two- or four-year college, there are many important factors to consider. Use the following checklist to help you determine which college will best meet your individual needs, keeping in mind the level of support your learning disability requires.
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A survey by mtvU and The Jed Foundation found that 63 percent of college juniors had been so stressed that they couldn’t get things done at some point during the preceding three months. You can help by acknowledging signs of stress in your children, understanding the causes and helpin....More >