Facts About Learning Disabilities
• A student with a Learning Disability generally has average to above average intellectual potential.
• A Learning Disability is something that people are born with--they do nothing to cause it.
• People do not grow out of a Learning Disability. Appropriate instruction is needed for success with reading, writing, spelling, math, and the other academic subjects.
• If a person has a Learning Disability, there is nothing wrong with their brain. The person simply learns subjects by a different method.
• Learning Disabilities are not contagious. It is now generally believed that Learning Disabilities are genetically-based and tend to occur in families.
• Learning Disabilities affect each person differently.
• Many famous people, like Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, are believed to have had Learning Disabilities.
• A student with a Learning Disability can succeed in college. They may need some support and accommodations, but can be successful with higher education.
• Most important: Students with Learning Disabilities are not stupid. They experience failure because the wrong learning strategies were used. Once the proper methods are used, they can be successful with academics.
Characteristics of College Students with Learning Disabilities
Students with Learning Disabilities have average to above average intelligence, but they learn differently from other students. They may do well in most areas but have some that are way below their overall ability level.
Some typical characteristics of college students with Learning Disabilities are listed below. Of course, no student has all of these problems.