DEFINING A LEARNING DISABILITY

The Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, Inc. strives to educate all people about what a learning disability is. Below we have defined the characteristics of what is a learning disability, versus what is not.

WHAT IS A LEARNING DISABILITY?
  • Learning disability is not a generic term for having a “special need” in school, even though it is often used that way. 

  • A learning disability is a permanent disorder which affects the way individuals with normal or often above average intelligence acquire, retain, and express information.

  • There difficulties in processing information can significantly interfere with academic and/or social development.

  • Learning disabilities are usually recognized as a difficulty in one or more of these areas: reading, comprehension, spelling, written expression, handwriting, mathematics, oral expression, and/or problem solving.

  • A person with learning disabilities may also have perceptual difficulties. It is important to remember that no two people with learning disabilities have the same profile of strengths and weaknesses.

  • Learning disabilities are often not consistent. While the disability does not ever go away, it might well manifest itself more strongly in certain settings and/or academic areas. For instance, a student might have troubles in grade school that seem to disappear in high school and then return in college. A person with a learning disability might also find that his/her disability is restricted to one area, like math or foreign languages.

WHAT IS NOT A LEARNING DISABILITY?

A learning disability is NOT:

  • Autism

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Sensory Impairment (vision or hearing loss)

  • An intellectual disability (mental retardation)

  •  Social or emotional disturbance

ABOUT US 

 

The Mission of LDA of Kentucky is to improve outcomes for children and adults in the learning disability community through support and advocacy.

CONTACT  INFO:

LDA of Kentucky

2210 Goldsmith Lane #118
Louisville, KY 40218

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Office: (502) 473-1256

Email: LDAofKY@yahoo.com

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