Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is a time where people pay particular attention to children and adults with learning disabilities. During this month, LD OnLine asks each of you to teach one person something new about learning disabilities. You could, for example, introduce them to our newsletter or share an interesting article using the "Email" icon (located in the top right corner of every page).
Information on Learning Disabilities
Read A Primer on Learning Disabilities to find out what a learning disability is, what the different types of learning disabilities are, and what causes them.
- Dyslexia (reading problems)
- Dysgraphia (writing problems)
- Dyscalculia (math problems)
- Executive Function Difficulties (problems with organization)
- ADHD (trouble regulating attention)
Our glossary defines the vocabulary of special education.
Our timeline tells the history of learning disabilities.
Send an e-card to a teacher. The school year has just begun and an e-card about how a teacher has helped your child should get the year off to a great start.
Read a children's book aloud to a child you know.
Visit Sparktop, a website where kids with learning disabilities (or who learn differently) can create things, play games, connect with other kids, and discover new ways to succeed in school and life.
- My Son's Disability, and My Own Inability to See It
How the special education system helped her child
- A Physician's Story
How a doctor overcame a non-verbal learning disability to pass her medical boards
- Why I Love Audio Books
A person with dyslexia explains why he loves "reading" audio books
- The Handicap that Had No Name
How learning about the label of "learning disabilities" helped a college student understand herself
- The Journey Begins
How planning skills helped a man succeed in college, and on the job, despite his learning disabilities
More About Learning Disabilities
- Parents: Help your child succeed with tips from Life Success for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Parent's Guide.
- Teachers: Learn how to teach social skills to your difficult students in Teaching Social Skills to Kids Who Don't Yet Have Them.
History and Future of LD Awareness Month
October was originally designated in the United States as LD Month in 1985 through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has celebrated an LD Month since 1987 and provides a toolkit to help you celebrate. For many years, learning disabilities organizations in the United States used the month to inform the public about learning disabilities through events and proclamations. LD Month is still commemorated in a few states. LD OnLine is considering a plan for public education in LD Month next year. Please contact us if you formally celebrated LD month this year, using "Positive side of LD" as your subject. We may feature your ideas next year.
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Graduating high school seniors with a documented LD may apply.