Support and Resources for Adults with LD

Smiling adult reading a bookThe impact of learning disabilities is lifelong. The issues that made school work so challenging as a child crop up again in the workplace, in social situations, and in our homes. Paperwork and reports at work; keeping up with bills; and helping our children with their homework can be a struggle.

Maybe you grew up knowing you had a learning disability and received special education services. Or you struggled with learning difficulties and never knew exactly how to identify the problem. As an adult, you are probably now in command of a number of techniques that make life easier. Over the years, you have figured out ways to obtain and keep track of the information you need. You have developed systems to get organized. On this page, you can find even more avenues to success at work, in your relationships, and in the community.

New to LDA

If you are just learning that you have a learning disability you may be confused and not know where to begin. It can be a daunting and complicated task. But don’t despair. LDA is here to help you understand this new diagnosis and lead you or your child to the right support systems.


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Specific Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia

A specific learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills.

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Dyscalculia

A specific learning disability that affects a person’s ability to understand numbers and learn math facts.

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Dysgraphia

A specific learning disability that affects a person’s handwriting ability and fine motor skills.

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Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

Has trouble interpreting nonverbal cues like facial expressions or body language and may have poor coordination.

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Auditory Processing Disorder

Affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed & interpreted by the brain.

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Language Processing Disorder

A specific type of (APD) that affects attaching meaning to sound groups that form words, sentences and stories.

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Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

A disorder that affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy.

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Related Disorders

ADHD

A disorder that includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, controlling behavior and hyperactivity.

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Executive Functioning

Affects, planning, organization, strategizing, attention to details and managing time and space.

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Dyspraxia

A disorder which causes problems with movement and coordination, language and speech.

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Memory

A deficit in any or all types of memory, impairing the ability to store and retrieve information required to carry out tasks.

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Support for Adults with LD
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LD/ADHD Basics for Adults

Learning the basics about LD and ADHD is an important start to getting help. After the signs and symptoms of LD are recognized, the appropriate assessment and evaluation will be needed to determine the right strategies to help the individual.

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Assessment & Evaluation for Adults

Evaluation involves gathering information from a variety of sources about an individual’s functioning and development in all areas. It is generally one of the first steps in determining if a child has a learning disability. This section will help adults answer their questions on assessment and evaluation.

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Post Secondary Options

Understanding your options after high school and creating a plan is important to future success. Here we will summarize the options that can be considered after graduation from high school from college, to adult education to life skill programs.

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Adult Literacy

Adults use many types of literacy tasks associated with work, home and community contexts. This section will help to guide professionals who teach adults in literacy programs as well as the adults themselves who want to start on a path to improve their literacy skills.

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Civil Rights

The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects adults with disabilities including learning disabilities (LD) in higher education programs and employment. This section contains an overview of how these laws and others can protect the civil rights of adults with LD.

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Workplace Issues

Disclosure in the workplace is a question many adults with LD ask. Self advocacy in the workplace, finding centers that can help find employment or provide training and possible accommodations are among the issues that will be explored in this area.

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Mental Health for Adults

Mental health issues can affect anyone, including individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and/or ADHD. Here you will find tips and guidelines for preventing, identifying, and addressing mental health issues linked to learning disabilities.

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Technology for Adults

The growth of technology is widespread in our everyday lives and is used extensively in the classroom. It can be an invaluable tool for individuals with learning disabilities (LD). Here we explore current and new technologies for individuals with LD to consider.

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Adult Resources

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