Specific learning disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations. The term includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. The term does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; of intellectual disability; of emotional disturbance; or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.

Links to Your Life

Learning disabilities vary from person to person but may be characterized by a difficulty in understanding and performing various academic and life skills. The difficulties may be math or language-related, and may cause frustration and feelings of low self-esteem. Difficulty in one area, such as reading, does not mean a child may have difficulty in another area.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: Learning Disabilities


Learning Disabilities Association of America

The Learning Disabilities Association of America provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. The site includes articles, links and a schedule of events.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The mission of LD.ORG is to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. Along with research and a wide range of articles on LD, the site offers blogs, podcasts and age-related content.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

The International Dyslexia Association is dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. They operate branches in every state in the continental US. The site contains articles, links and an online store for ID related products.

College Scholarships.org

This blog provides valuable information about college scholarships for students with disabilities.