A new report puts the high prevalence of learning disabilities among people with attention deficit into perspective.
by Wayne Kalyn
Parents of children with ADHD, as well as adolescents and adults with attention challenges, have good reasons to stay on top of the latest research on learning disabilities: Between 30 to 50 percent of all individuals with attention deficit also have LD.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is the best source for timely and practical information on LD in children and adults, and its recently released The State of Learning Disabilities puts LD in context nationally. The report gives a statistical analysis of LD, state by state, and it also calls parents, school leaders, and policy makers to action to make sure that individuals with attention and LD challenges are given the tools necessary to graduate from school and contribute to society.
“Stigma, underachievement, and misunderstanding of LD continue to be stubborn barriers for parents and children to overcome,” says James H. Wendorf, executive director of the NCLD. “The data in this report reveal that, left unaddressed, as many as 60 million individuals risk being left behind.”
To read or download The State of Learning Disabilities, click here.