Other Learning Disabilities

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a neurological disorder. In practical terms, our brains are structured differently. It is important to note that people with learning disabilities are of average to above average intelligence. However, they may have difficulty reading, writing and spelling.

Learning disabilities should never be confused with other disabilities such as the following:

  • A congenital malformation of brain or other physical impairments
  • Mental retardation or other disabilities characterized by significant limitations in intelligence
  • Autism or other developmental disorders
  • Blindness or other visual impairments
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other behavioral disabilities

In addition, learning disabilities should not be confused with lack of educational opportunities such as:

  • Frequent changes of schools
  • Attendance problems
  • An illness
  • Learning English as a second language

What learning disabilities are there besides dyslexia?

Because dyslexia is so common in the learning disabled population, it is the most studied specific learning disability. However, there are other learning disabilities, such as:

  • Dyscalculia, a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving math problems and grasping math concepts.
  • Dysgraphia, a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.
  • Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders, a group of sensory disabilities in which a person has difficulty understanding language despite normal hearing and vision.
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, a neurological disorder, which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative and holistic processing functions .

What can I do about being my learning disability?

This is where Headstrong comes in.

  • Learn—We need to empower ourselves with knowledge about dyslexia through audio books and films. You’ve already made the right move in starting this process. Explore the other pages in this section to find out more.
  • Act—We need to understand our rights; demand the accommodations we deserve from our schools and employers. We need to equip ourselves with the best tools to be independent.
  • Connect—We need to connect with other people who are dealing with the same issues as we are. Share your experiences, both successes and failures. By doing so, we can help the millions of other people like us.