Twelve percent of the respondents cited having a learning disability, and eight percent of the parents surveyed have a child with a learning disability.
Results reveal the need for more education about the causes, treatments of, and treatments for learning disabilities, and a better understanding of the rights of learning disabled people in the workplace.
General Knowledge About Learning Disabilities
- Regarding types of learning disabilities, two-thirds of people do not know what dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia are, whereas most people (91%) are familiar with dyslexia.
- Most people (84%) see learning disabilities as a growing issue in the U.S.
- Though the following celebrities have spoken publicly about their learning disabilities (LD), one-third of the public does not know about the celebrities’ LD:
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Bruce Jenner
- Anderson Cooper
- Richard Branson
- Tommy Hilfiger
Learning Disability Diagnosis, Causes and Treatment
- Most people (62%) say diagnosing a learning disability is a joint effort between the child’s pediatrician, parent/caregiver, teacher, and school administrator.
- Learning disabilities are thought to be diagnosed in early schooling. Over half (53%) determined that learning disabilities are diagnosed during grades 1–4, while nearly a quarter (23%) think that they’re diagnosed in kindergarten.
- Nearly eight in 10 people (76%) correctly say that genetics can cause learning disabilities.
- Many respondents (43%) wrongly think that learning disabilities are correlated with IQ.
- Nearly a quarter of respondents (22%) think learning disabilities can be caused by too much time spent watching television; 31% believe a cause is poor diet; 24% believe a cause is childhood vaccinations (none are factors).
- Over one-third of respondents think that a lack of early childhood parent/teacher involvement can cause a learning disability.
- People seem a bit unsure about how to treat learning disabilities. Most (83%) say that early intervention can help, but over half incorrectly cite medication and mental health counseling as treatments.
- Over half of the respondents (55%) wrongly believe that corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities.
Life With a Learning Disability
- Nearly one-third of people incorrectly think that it is lawful for an employer to ask an interviewee if they have a learning disability.
- Almost all respondents (90%) know that it is unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee who is found to have a learning disability.
- It’s generally accepted (84%) that students with learning disabilities deserve individual classroom attention and extra time on tests.
- Most people (63%) know someone who has a learning disability.
- Nearly one-third of Americans (30%) admit to making casual jokes about having a learning disability when someone makes a reading, writing, or mathematical mistake.
- Nearly half of the parents of children with learning disabilities (45%) say that their child has been bullied in the past year.
- Two-thirds (66%) feel that children with learning disabilities are bullied more than other children.
- Over a third of parents (37%) say that their child’s school inadequately tests for learning disabilities.
- Almost two-thirds of parents (64%) say that their child’s school doesn’t provide information on learning disabilities.
- Some parents of children with learning disabilities (20%) say they’re most comfortable consulting the internet for information regarding their child’s learning disability. However, over two-thirds of parents with children with learning disabilities prefer talking to a teacher (67%) or pediatrician (62%).
- Most parents of children with learning disabilities (75%) believe they could do more to help their child.