Learning Disorders

What is a Learning Disability?

A person with a learning disability has difficulty in collecting, organizing, or acting on verbal and nonverbal information. Most commonly, the person has trouble understanding or using written or spoken language. The difficulty is due to a neurological difference in brain structure or functioning. The skills most often affected are: reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and doing math. Learning disabilities vary from person to person and occur in approximately 18-20% of the general population.

For additional information go to the faculty/staff section, the Documentation Guidelines for Students with Learning Disorders (pdf) or contact the Academic Resource Center.