According to the Learning Disabilities Association:
“Your chances of knowing a student or adult with learning disabilities are very good, since it is estimated that 10% of the school-aged population has at least one learning disability (LD). More than 50% of all students in public school special education programs have been diagnosed as having learning disabilities.
Even though those with learning disabilities are intelligent, the disabilities create a gap between ability and performance. Because these gaps are specific and unique to each individual, learning disabilities are also often called specific learning disabilities (SLD).
Learning disabilities last for a lifetime and affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and adults across our country. Learning disabilities are neurobiologically based, affect the ability to read, speak, and/or compute math, and often interfere with the ability to build social relationships.”