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Learning Disabilities - The Basics
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With support and intervention, children and adults with LD can be successful in learning and life.  Many people have Learning Disabilities
 
  • 75% of unemployed adults have reading or writing difficulties
  • 15 percent of the U.S. population has some type of learning disability, according to the National Institutes of Health. 
  • Over 60 % of front-line workers in the goods-producing industry have difficulty applying information from a text to a required task.
  • Workers who lack a high school diploma earn less than 25% of those with Bachelor's degrees.
  • 43% of adults with low literacy skills live in poverty (as compared with less than 5% of those with high level skills).
  • 50 to 80 percent of all students in literacy and basic education programs. 
  • Difficulty with basic reading and language skills are the most common learning disabilities.
  • 15 to 30 percent of all participants in job training programs.
  • Kids don't "outgrow" or get cured of LD.
  • 25 to 40 percent of all adults on welfare. 
  • Only diagnostic testing can accurately determine the presence of a learning disability.
  • Some adults with suspected learning disabilities are eligible for assessment and other services through vocational rehabilitation. 
  • Learning disabilities may be inherited.
  • Learning disabilities affect girls as frequently as they do boys.

With the right Treatment Program, the following pitfalls experienced by many who have gone undiagnosed and untreated, can be avoided.
  • Learning Disabilities may manifest themselves as difficulties in spoken or written language, arithmetic, reasoning, and organization skills, and will affect those with Learning Disabilities in  basic education, literacy, postsecondary, and vocational training settings.  Many adults with learning disabilities have achieved academic and vocational success when appropriate accommodations have been provided. 
  • Adults with learning disabilities commonly make errors in completing employment applications because of poor reading or spelling skills. Some may not reach employment at all. Job-related problems may arise for adults with learning disabilities as a result of their difficulties with tasks that require organizing, planning, scheduling, and/or monitoring; difficulties with language comprehension and expression; poor social skills; and inattentiveness. 

Being criticized, put down, teased, or rejected because of failures in academic, vocational, or social endeavors over a lifetime often contribute to low self-esteem and depression in both children and adults with learning disabilities.
All donations are greatly appreciated. Please make your tax-deductible check (in U.S. dollars) payable to, LDI, Inc. and mail to: 1201 Louisiana Ave. Suite B.
Winter Park, Florida 32789. The Learning Disability Institute (LDI, Inc.) has been approved by the State of Florida and the United States Department of Internal
Revenue to solicit contributions as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, publicly supported organization working with professionals, teachers, and parents, providing diagnosis,training, treatment and research in the field of Learning Disabilities.
 
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