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"The thing about living with any disability is that you adapt; you do what works for you." ― Stella Young

Welcome to the Learning Disabilities page at the Resource Center! We hope that you find this page to be a wealth of information on learning disabilities and, specifically, how learning disabilities affect our adult literacy learners. It is estimated that anywhere from 50-80% of learners in adult literacy programs cope with learning disabilities, so chances are that you will have or have already had a student who is learning disabled.


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Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico.

DisabilityInfo.gov
Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and 21 other federal agencies, DisabilityInfo.gov is the official government site for people with disabilities. In addition to state and local resources, users can also find information about Social Security disability benefits, job and school accommodations, vocational rehabilitation and other learning disability issues.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
NLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

LD Online
LD OnLine.org is the leading information service in the field of learning disabilities, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and organizations listed below.

Council for Learning Disabilities Infosheets
The Council for Learning Disabilities has a long-standing record of supporting the translation of research to practice in many areas of learning disabilities. Infosheets is one project that has shown great success. Find information on assistive technology, effective vocabulary instruction, mathematics disabilities, and more.

Self-advocacy in the Workplace
An important skill for our learners with learning disabilities is the ability to self-advocate in the workplace. Without effective self-advocacy skills, our learners may not be able to successfully disclose their disability and ask for the accommodations that they need in the workplace.

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