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Tutor Tip of the Month: What Does "Learning Disability" mean?

We all learn differently. This is part of what makes us all unique and special. Some learners may learn that learning disabilities have presented an obstacle to their learning to read and write in the past. As a tutor for these learners, you may wonder what it means to have a "learning disability," what this means for learning now and what may cause them.

One resource for getting some answers and useful background information (in addition to speaking with the staff at your literacy program) is www.ldonline.org. LDOnline is provided as a service from The Learning Project at WETA (the Washington, DC public television station). Here you can find an overview of learning disabilities, resources for teachers, answers to frequently asked questions and more. While the site is geared to teachers of children and parents, the tools and concepts can help with adult learners as well.


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