Students growing up now and attending public schools will generally find out if they have an LD through their school experience. They may receive an Individual Education Plan based on their strengths and needs, as documented by a psychological assessment.
For people already finished school, however, there are not the same number of opportunities to be noticed or diagnosed as having LDs. Many adults may begin to wonder if they have LDs once they hear of them, and many parents begin to examine their own learning once their children are diagnosed with LDs.
For many people, having a diagnosis, or even just a term for what they have always experienced can be a very positive thing. It can help a person to understand their own experiences, to feel less isolated, or be a key to finding help. For others, finding out more about their difficulties and how to help is enough.
If you suspect you may have LDs or ADHD, and want to find out for sure, we encourage you to explore: read some of the many books about the subject, get in touch with organisations that help with LDs. If you are interested in getting an actual assessment for you or someone you know, please see the Assessment section on this site.