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.