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Learning Disabilities Worldwide (LDW), is a premier international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational outcomes for individuals with learning disabilities and other related disorders. LDW members include world-renowned experts and scholars, pre-service teachers, general education teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, team coaches, clinicians, consultants, administrators, medical and mental health professionals, and parents and families of individuals with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Worldwide works to enhance the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, with a special emphasis on underserved populations. Their goal is to identify and support the unrecognized strengths and capabilities of persons with learning disabilities, striving to increase awareness and understanding of learning disabilities through multilingual media productions and publications that serve populations[...]

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The mission of The PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Founded in 1977, The PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by the parents of children with disabilities, and works in concert with 18 disability organizations. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work helps families in their[...]

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Q: How do you convince a teacher that providing the child with reasonable accommodations is not giving the student an advantage, but merely leveling the playing field? A: This question is one of my favorites to answer. If I were to run across a teacher—general education or otherwise—who believed that providing a child with an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or Section 504 Plan (designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance) is an advantage, I would ask that teacher the following question: “Do you think that a child wearing glasses or hearing aids; having cochlear implants, a cane, wheelchair or walker; or being assisted by[...]

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LDonline.org is the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month. LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products with the learning disabled community in mind. LD Online also offers information and resources on the transitions from high school to college and from school to the workplace, and on the[...]

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The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. During schooling, parents and educators should be on the alert for consistent (and persistent) patterns of difficulty that children and adolescents experience over time, as they may signal that there is an underlying learning disability. While variations in the course of development are to be expected, unevenness or lags in the[...]

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Why? We end up living according to these self-imposed limitations and never realize our full potential.  Living the Label: Learning Disabilities We all have things about ourselves that we don’t like. The problem comes when we give those things all of our attention and allow them to create our self-definition. Defining ourselves by our learning disabilities rather than our strengths gives the shortcomings all the power. If, for instance, we have trouble motivating ourselves to do school or other work, and label ourselves “lazy” as a result, we are most likely going to approach life as a “lazy” person would.  As a “lazy” person, we likely won’t put forth the necessary effort to accomplish what[...]

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It is a scary moment, as a parent, to have to consider if your child (or yourself) has a learning disability. How long have the indicators been ignored? Who can help? What legal aid is in place? Where can a parent turn, and what does this moment mean? These questions can be daunting and dreadful, but they deserve answers.  This New York Times article (from February, 19th 2010) details the processes and procedures for parents who are considering having their child tested for a learning disability. 44% of parents who noticed their child exhibiting signs of difficulty with learning waited a year or more before acknowledging that their child might have a serious problem. This[...]

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Leadership often entails overcoming adversity. Therefore, it is both obvious and surprising that we find individuals with learning disabilities rising to the top of their career fields.  Charles Schwab, founder of the well-known discount brokerage firm that bears his name, is dyslexic. Schwab grew up at a time period when those afflicted with dyslexia were considered obtuse or unmotivated. Even today, dyslexic children are at a much greater risk of having a poor self-image and becoming underachievers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Schwab, one of many successful dyslexics, and perhaps the richest, with a net worth of more than $3 billion. To help stop the confidence drain in dyslexic children, he[...]

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Famed singer/songwriter Cher never read a word in school. Not because she didn’t want to, but because she couldn’t. Cher was one of the millions of students who went undiagnosed and untreated for a severe learning disability called dyslexia—a reading disability resulting from the inability to process graphic symbols. According to the article, “Cher Facing Dyslexia,” on GoodLearners.net, Cher has claimed: “I never read in school. I got really bad grades—D’s and F’s and C’s in some classes, and A’s and B’s in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade, I just quit,” Cher goes on to admit, “When I was in school, it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned, I[...]

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“That’s the real problem with kids who struggle with learning … Some kids feel like they’re stupid. I want them to know that they’re not. They just learn differently. Once they understand that and have the tools to learn in their individual way, then they can feel good about themselves.” – Charles Schwab