Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities (LDs) are diagnosed neurological conditions that substantially limit one or more major life activities, such as learning or performing essential job functions. Learning Disabilities may impact an individual's ability to store, process or produce information.

Common learning disabilities include:

  • Reading Disorder - a language-based disability in which an individual has trouble with specific language skills, particularly reading
  • Mathematics Disorder - a mathematical disability in which an individual has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts
  • Disorder of Written Expression - a writing disability in which an individual finds it hard to form letters, write within a defined space and express ideas

The documentation should include information regarding the onset, longevity, and severity of the symptoms, as well as the specifics describing how it has interfered with educational achievement. If possible, reports should include recommendations for accommodations. This information is confidential and will not be released to others without the student’s permission.

For learning disabilities, possible accommodations include notetakers, proofreaders, alternative exam formats (e.g., extended time, oral rather than written exams), an opportunity for students to petition to substitute course work required for graduation, readers, transcription services, part-time enrollment, priority enrollment and/or registration assistance