People with learning disabilities have difficulty with reading,
arithmetic, memory or other ability areas related to learning. Learning
disability does not mean, however, that a person is not smart.
Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson,
Thomas Edison, a great inventor, and Walt Disney all had problems
Most with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence. They are very good (even exceptional) at doing some types of learning but have very difficult time in specific areas. What is happening? Why can't they read, or write, or do math if they are so intelligent? For those with learning disabilities the brain seems to be organized in a less efficient manner for certain types of processing. For those who have difficulty reading it could mean that the information when it comes into the brain is not seen as most of us would see it.
What does this mean?
Sometimes when you are watching television or a movie the movement of the lips does not match the timing of the words as they are heard. This can be very frustrating to watch. A learning disability could be though of as something like that.
For example, read the sentences below:
These sentences are hard to read because your brain is used to seeing
in a more organized manner. If you had a computer that could correctly
space the words for you quickly you could easily read what has been
written. In other words, if you had received an accommodation you
would have been successful at reading the content.
For many who do not attain a high school diploma the GED is an
alternative. Because of statistics like those stated above, there is a
stong possibility that a large proportion of GED candidates may have
a learning disability. For those
who want to take the GED and who have a learning disability GED provides
testing accommodations. To request these accommodations ask your GED or
ABE instructor for Form L-15. Form L-15 helps you gather the information
needed to request accommodations. As you gather this information you can
also learn more information about yourself that can be very helpful in
future career planning.
The GED bases its definition of learning disability on the one used by
the U.S. Department of Education.
What does this mean?
Individuals with learning disabilities must have the overall ability to pass the GED Tests. Of current high school seniors, only 67% can be expected to pass the GED. Individuals with learning disabilities, even though they have the ability to pass the GED, have difficulty using that knowledge because of a weakness in information processing on one or more of the learning channels. This weakness is thought to be due to a life long, intrinsic, neurological impairment.
An individual with a learning disability, then, may be able to read very well, but may have a very difficult time doing the written work. In school it was difficult to turn in assignments neatly done, with correct spelling and on time for example. Or an individual with a learning disability might be able to read and write well but have a very difficult time doing math. In both cases the disability, or relative weakness, then gets in the way of school success. A wealth of resources and information about learning disabilities from a national web can be found by clicking LD ONLINE
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