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LDI's mission:
LDI is a national, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to determine and disseminate successful approaches to and provide scholarships for diagnostics, prevention and treatment for persons of all ages with Learning Disabilities.
 

Learning disabilities may manifest themselves as significant difficulty in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, computational, and problem-solving skills needed by adults to function effectively as parents, employees, and citizens. People with learning disabilities are recognized as having a disability under federal law. This means that they are entitled to "reasonable accommodations" and certain other federally-supported services.

Fast Facts about Learning Disabilities:

  • 75% of unemployed adults have reading or writing difficulties
  • 43% of adults with low literacy skills live in poverty (as compared with less than 5% of those with high level skills).
  • 15 to 30 percent of all participants in job training programs have a learning disability.
  • 35% of students with learning disabilities drop out of school-nearly twice the rate of students without learning disabilities.
  • 15 percent of the U.S. population has some type of learning disability, according to the National Institutes of Health. 
  • Previously undetected learning disabilities have been found in 50% of juvenile delinquents.
  • Difficulty with basic reading and language skills are the most common learning disabilities.
  • Workers who lack a high school diploma earn less than 25% of those with Bachelor's degrees.
  • Only diagnostic testing can accurately determine the presence of a learning disability.
  • Learning disabilities may be inherited.
A few of the more common Learning Disabilities:

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD): A neurobehavioral disorder that affects the child's ability to regulate activity level (hyperactivity), inhibit behavior (impulsivity), and/or concentrate on tasks (inattention) to a greater degree than for most kids his age or developmental level. Symptoms usually appear before the age of 7 and exist in several settings over a period of time. 
AD/HD is not a learning disability but may be the underlying processing problem that causes an academic problem.
Dysarthria: Disorder of fine motor muscles involved in speech; affects ability to pronounce sounds correctly. 
Dyscalculia: Problems with basic math skills; trouble calculating. 
Dysgraphia: Difficulty writing legibly with age-appropriate speed. 
Dyslexia: Disorder in oral and/or written language, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 
Dysnomia: Difficulty remembering names or recalling specific words; word-finding problems. 
Dyspraxia: Difficulty performing and sequencing fine motor movements, such as buttoning.

LDI is a national, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to determine and disseminate successful approaches to and provide scholarships for diagnostics, prevention and treatment for persons of all ages with Learning Disabilities.

Inquiries may be directed to:  Denton M. Kurtz, LDI, Inc.  1201 Louisiana Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789  (866) 636-5341 or (407) 647-5431. 

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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