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Learning disabilities affect individuals across the life span. Adults with learning disabilities face challenges in finding the right college and succeeding while there, as well as challenges in preparing for and succeeding in the work world and in social settings. Read more about transition issues for adults with LD, how to become a self-advocate, and what assistive technology can help meet your needs.

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On the Go: What Consumer Products Can Do For You (If You Know Where to Look!)

Common devices, such as PDAs, cellular phones, and handheld mp3 players can be assistive tools for learners with disabilities. Learn more about these devices and their applications in the classroom and beyond.

Self-Advocacy: A Valuable Skill for Your Teenager with LD

Teens with LD can learn to be their own best advocates by understanding their strengths and needs, identifying their goals, and communicating those to other people.

Tips for Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

This article outlines and describes steps that adults with learning disabilities can take to become self-advocates and to request accommodations or services in the workplace.

Job Accommodations for People with Learning Disabilities

Practical suggestions for reasonable accommodations are offered for difficulties people with learning disabilities might encounter in the workplace. Ideas are provided for trouble with reading, writing, memory, hearing, organizing and spelling. If a specific problem is not included, read a method to evaluate the problem and propose a solution to the employer.

Meeting the Challenge of Conformity

Many people with attention deficit disorder find that conforming to standard behavior in the workplace can be challenging. This article tells the story of Jane. Her story illustrates why conformity can be difficult, ways to identify problem areas, and how to navigate around them.

The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in a Postsecondary Academic Setting

When you continue your studies after high school, should you tell the school and instructors about your learning disability? This article will help you decide when and how to disclose your disability to obtain accommodations.

Transitioning Students with Disabilities to Higher Education: Attitude and Self-Advocacy

How can you help high school students get ready for post-secondary education? Review these recommendations from the Department of Education and find out how to help students understand their disabilities, explain their disabilities to their professors well enough to obtain accommodations, and develop the computer and time-management skills required of college students.

Accommodations and Compliance Series: Employees with Learning Disabilities

Learn how to accommodate yourself on the job. This article has simple and time-tested strategies for being productive even if you have trouble reading, spelling, writing, or calculating numbers. Read about accommodations for difficulty speaking, organizing yourself, remembering, and managing time. Introductory information on learning disabilities is provided to help managers handle accommodation issues.

Assistive Technology at Work

Read about the uses of assistive technology (AT) for people with learning disabilities in the workplace. The obligations of the employer and learning-disabled employee are summarized. Job Accommodation Network (JAN) can play a role in facilitating the process. Suggestions are given for commercially available and specialized devices that have an AT function. Links to additional information on AT are also provided.

The Law After High School

Learn about your legal rights and responsibilities for accommodations on the job, disclosure of your disability, documentation of your disability, and many other issues that come up after graduating high school.

Dyslexic Parents of Dyslexic Children

Dyslexic parents talk about what it is like to have children with dyslexia. They speak of both the blessings and challenges.

Coming Clean

Today, I told my boss that I am dyslexic. It was the first time in my entire life that I've come clean right up front. No waiting until I get in trouble and then bringing up my dyslexia. This time I've decided to just tell it like it is right from the beginning.

Dyslexia and Driving an Automobile

The story of Tom, a man with dyslexia who learned to drive is used to illustrate difficulties in learning to drive and how they can be overcome.

Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front

Finding a job can be intimidating for young adults- especially those who struggle with learning disabilities. But, with the right preparation, work can be a new opportunity to pursue your own interests! This article can help you write a resume, capitalize on your strengths, and step into adulthood with confidence.

Guidelines for Documentation of a Learning Disability in Adolescents and Adults

The ADA and RA in Postsecondary Education and Employment

Dyslexia and the Challenge of Using Today's Technology

How do people with dyslexia learn to use technology? Learn to solve the problems caused by dyslexia such as remembering passcodes and learning complicated tasks. Find out how to save time doing your work and find files in the computer

Clues to Dyslexia in Young Adults and Adults

Learn about how the specific signs of dyslexia, both weaknesses and strengths, in any one individual will vary according to the age and educational level of that person.

Power of Attorney: Do You Need One?

Dyslexia: Point of Pride or Flaw to Hide

Review the pros and cons of "disclosure" — the decision on whether or not to tell people about your disability. This article discusses the negative and positive aspects of disclosure and gives tips on the best way to discuss your dyslexia. Read about disclosure in the workplace, to students and clients, and to friends.

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