Monday, November 11, 2013

Learning to Overcome: Learning Disabilities in the US

 I was contacted by Cara from Special Education Degree about sharing an infographic about learning disabilities that her team had created.  Learning disabilities is a topic I touch on often in my blog. In my home we have a variety of different learners, and I value the importance of educating others on what LDs are, and further spreading awareness that will lead to meaningful change. It's my view that LDs aren't overcome, as much as need to be taught differently than the rest of the population. The more we can understand, and effectively customize education efforts for the differently minded, the better the outcome will be for these unique individuals.

Below is a message from the people at Special Education Degree:

Learning to Overcome: Learning Disabilities in the U.S.

Chances are, you or someone you know has been diagnosed with some type of learning disability. It is estimated that 4-6% of the population in the United States has some type of learning disability.  While many view these individuals as lacking in intelligence, this couldn’t be further from the truth. has created an infographic detailing the statistics behind learning disabilities, the top five diagnosed learning disabilities, and how things we take for granted, such as an education and employment, seem to be a challenge for those with a learning disability.

 Learning disabilities are no longer limited to Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.  The top six most commonly diagnosed learning disabilities are Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD, and Gerstmann’s Syndrome.  Each one with unique symptoms and effects.  Many of these learning disabilities will start affecting children at a low age.  For instance, preschoolers with a learning disability may have trouble pronouncing words, have difficulty trying to use zippers or buttons, and may have trouble maintaining control of a pencil or crayon. As children age, these symptoms will evolve into more evident struggles.

For many individuals with learning disabilities, graduating from high school-or even college, may seem impossible.  While 74% of the general population will graduate from high school, 67% of those with learning disabilities will not.  While 28% of high school graduates will enroll in a four year college, only 10% of those with learning disabilities will enroll.  With 76% of the nation employed, only 55% of those with learning disabilities will gain employment.

Science of Learning Disabilities


  1. Thats fantastic learning to overcome

  2. I've a learning disability got diagnosed in kindergarten. Was in special education all though school. Didn't know what a learning disability was until I find a book about it as a adult. I try to find out about my disability in school but, they wouldn't explain it to me or my mom. So I didn't get the help necessary in school to be a successful adult in the world. And that angers me. I believe I fell though the cracks! I never did get a chance to live out on my own as a adult. I didn't move out of my mom's house until I got marry. I mean I did have full time jobs before I meet my husband but, they were minimum wage jobs. I didn't think that I could go to collage because I had so much trouble learning in school. And my school and my mom never brought it up to me. What I and my mom didn't know was I could get SSI disability. My school knew that and didn't tell us about it. I only find out about it after I got marry and couldn't get it because my husband was making to much money and they looked at him as my care giver!!!!! HE IS NOT MY CARE GIVER. He is my husband. People like us who have this disability are not stupid or dumb! We just need the support in school like we should have.
    Even now people still don't understand a learning disability. Not even my mom understands it. And that is really, really frustrating!
    I've learn to cope and compensate for my disability but, I still need help with spelling ( used a computer to help me spell and other things)and math, writing and organization.
    I can only hope that the kids in school today get better support in school then I did. And to help them go to collage.
    Still at 52 years of age I'm still trying to learn as much as I can about my disability. Your graphic above has help. I actually got 5 out of the 6 things in the most prominent learning disabilities category in your graphic. The statistics below that are very sad to me. It shows that there is a lot of work to do.
    I'm very glad I find this site and will book mark it.

    1. You're right, too many misconceptions about what an LD is, and isn't, and not enough help! I'm glad that you have found your way in life, and it sounds like you've done amazing given the circumstances. So many improvements still need to happen at an educational level.


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