Adults with LD

Adult woman with learning disabilitiesLearning disabilities is a life-long condition. Dealing with the struggles of having a learning disability now go beyond the classroom and into the workplace, home and the community. And some Adults with LD have children with LD. This page will help to provide information to Adults with LD to navigate their own path to understanding of their diagnosis, the impact on their lives, and how to deal with everyday struggles in a positive way.

ADA — Who Is Covered and Who Is Not?

When is an individual with a learning disability a person with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA)? The answer is that a person with a learning disability is a person with a disability when that person meets the legal standard under those laws. What is the legal standard? Generally, the standard is that the person must have an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as learning. The fact that a person has a learning disability does not necessarily mean that he or she has a… Read More »

Tools for Life

Researching and locating new apps can be an overwhelming task. The Tools for Life AppFinder database helps make your app search much easier. The Tools for Life AppFinder has hundreds of apps for living, learning, working and playing. Search for apps by disability or multiple disabilities, price ranges and device types. See reviews and comments from apps users across the country to help you make informed decisions before purchasing and using an app. Get links to other app databases that were designed for specific disabilities. Every Tools for Life AppFinder app has been used and/or tested by one or more… Read More »

Tests of General Educational Development (GED® Tests)

What are the GED® Tests? The GED® Tests are five testing modules in the areas of writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics. Each test requires general knowledge and thinking skills. The GED® Tests allow students who have not graduated from high school to earn a GED® credential, which is typically accepted as equal to a high school diploma. Are GED® test accomomodations available for people who have learning disabilities? Yes! Accommodations are available for people who have: learning and other cognitive disabilities; intellectual disabilities; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); physical and chronic health disabilities; and/or psychological and psychiatric disorders.… Read More »

Transition Planning Requirements of IDEA 2004

What is transition planning? Transition planning is a process mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) for all students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in K-12 education. The purpose is to facilitate the student’s move from school to post-school activities. The transition planning must: start before the student turns 16; be individualized; be based on the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests; and include opportunities to develop functional skills for work and community life. Who develops the transition plan? The IEP team; The student; Parents; Optional–employers, college representatives, student advocates What is the transition team’s job?… Read More »

Post Secondary Educational Options

There are many postsecondary options for people who have learning disabilities. Whether it’s a four-year college, a two-year college, a technical program, adult basic education, continuing education, or a life skills program, the key to choosing the right school for you starts with these steps: Contact your selected school’s Office of Disability Support Services to set up a meeting. Take your current learning disability documentation with you for that meeting. Know what accommodations you will need to ask for in a college or university setting. Determine if the school will provide your requested accommodations. Follow with a tour of the… Read More »

On the Job

You’ve passed the test! Now you have a job. When that happens, the focus of your life will change. You are no longer faced with the problems of finding a job. Now you are faced with the questions 1) how can I advance in my chosen career and 2) how can I prevent or minimize problems in the workplace which might cost me the job I worked so hard to get? These are issues for every person in the workforce and every individual with disabilities, but they are particularly challenging for an individual with attention deficit disorder or a specific… Read More »

Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

Learning disabilities may make it difficult for an individual to learn, work, or behave in the manner that ordinarily would be expected. A learning disability is an impairment of neurological origin that impacts on specific areas of learning. The following are major types of learning disabilities: A sequencing disorder is a difficulty with the order of a series of things. It may lead to problems with prioritizing, organizing, doing mathematics and following instructions. Language disorders are difficulties with receptive language (understanding and remembering) or with expressive language (oral or in writing). Visual perceptual and visual motor disorders are difficulties with… Read More »