Myths and Facts about Learning Disabilities
LDs are a life-long condition that affects people differently depending on the situation. In order to find good, effective strategies for compensating and success we need to understand how a person’s learning profile interacts with their environment.
1. Myth: People with LDs cannot learn.
- People with LDs are smart and can learn.
- LDs mean learning in different ways.
2. Myth: People with LDs are just lazy.
- People with LDs often have to work harder, but the results may not show their efforts.
- Some people with LDs may become discouraged because they have struggled so hard, and they may appear unmotivated or lazy.
3. Myth: Accommodations give an unfair advantage.
- Fair is not always equal.
- Accommodations allow people with LDs to work to their level of their ability and not their disability.
4. Myth: All LDs are outgrown by adulthood.
- LDs tend to be noticed most often in school, but can affect all areas of life.
- Often by adulthood, people have found ways to use their strengths to compensate for their LDs. Many adults seek work environments that are a good fit.
5. Myth: LDs are all the same.
- LDs are complicated and vary from person to person.
- LDs come in many forms and affect everyone differently.
- The impact of LDs may change in different settings depending on the demands of the situation.