Intellectual versus learning disability


by Dr. Lorin Bradbury – Question: Is Intellectual Disability a Learning Disability? And if it’s not a Learning Disability, what is the difference? Great question! Intellectual Disability, until recently was called Mental Retardation, and it is not a Learning Disability. Intellectual Disability is a neurodevelopmental disorder and in which there is subaverage intellectual functioning that […]

When you’re dealing with a disability you need to be ahead of the game

When Denise Rose thinks about her son, Andrew, graduating in two more years she gets very emotional. “I expect it to be one of my proudest moments as well as one of my most nerve-wracking.” That’s because Andrew, who is autistic, currently receives most of his therapies and resources through the Saugerties Central School District. […]

How double-abled kids are falling through the cracks

GTLD Characteristics

by Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. – The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that “students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students.” […]

A dyslexia center that takes on the tough blends

by Chris Rosenblum – Tucked into a tiny room, David Klein works with the concentration of a cryptologist. David, 11, is indeed deciphering a mysterious code — the English language. On a Thursday evening, he’s having a lesson at the Children’s Dyslexia Center, a private, nonprofit school in Ferguson Township that helps children with dyslexia […]

How to tailor accommodations for test-takers with learning disabilities

Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities

by Joie Jager-Hyman – Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and many others. While history has certainly proven that individuals with learning disabilities […]

Evaluating and acting on unconventional special education situations

by Michelle Caffrey – Dina Ronsayro knew something was off. It started in kindergarten when her son, Saul, never colored or drew. He knew his letters but wouldn’t write them in class. When his teacher asked him to draw a picture of something at the ocean, he simply colored the entire page blue. “It’s the […]

Ads Use Famous Figures to Put a Face on a Problem

by Stuart Elliott As a campaign for a school for students in grades 5 through 12 seeks to encourage parents to enroll their children, it also has a larger purpose: helping to change perceptions about students who are described with terms like learning disabilities, learning differences, special needs and special education. The campaign is for […]

Ghotit Releases its Dyslexia Writing & Reading Solution for Windows Tablets

Ghotit released its long awaited Real Writer & Reader for Microsoft Windows tablets. Ghotit Real Writer & Reader uses advanced writing and reading assistant technologies tailor-made for people with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning disabilities. The Ghotit Real Writer & Reader boasts of the following advanced capabilities, all designed for the dyslexic community: • Intelligent […]

The Number of People with Learning Disabilities is Larger than People Realize

People develop tricks or work around their disability

Lisa Rossignol’s daughter Lily had a stroke before she was even born. Afterward, the child suffered some 300 epileptic seizures per day. Ultimately, doctors determined that the best way to eliminate her seizure problem was to perform a hemispherectomy, or remove the right half of her brain. Today, Lily is an active six-year-old with some […]

A Guide to College Supports for Students with Learning Disabilities

High school graduation is only the beginning.

The dream came true: After years of tutoring, IEP meetings and hours upon hours of homework support, your child has finally made it into college. You want to continue the same strategies for success that got your family this far: Accommodations, modifications and school support. Here’s your guide to college life for students with learning […]