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Who Are Students with Learning Disabilities?

Students with learning disabilities are individuals with average to above average intellectual ability who receive, process or express information in different ways than do most other individuals. A learning disability is not a form of intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, or laziness.

University students with learning disabilities may experience difficulties in one or more of the following areas: perceiving, listening, speaking, reading, writing, calculating and spelling. They may lack organizational skills that affect their writing abilities and time management. Some students may experience difficulties in social interaction.

In order to succeed academically, many students with learning disabilities have had to become expert problem-solvers, compensating for the obstacles to their learning by being persistent and developing creative coping strategies.

Things to Consider

•   Some students may be able to express themselves orally, but have extreme difficulty articulating their thoughts on paper (e.g., written assignments may lack organization and contain poor spelling, improper grammar and inappropriate punctuation).

•   Often students with learning disabilities demonstrate the ability to understand abstract ideas in discussion, but seem to have limited ability to organize their thoughts on standard examinations.



Updated on October 18th, 2013.