Having a specific learning disability is an inherent, life long condition that can affect friendships, school, work, self-esteem or daily life. Many adults with learning disabilities have graduated from high school, college, trade schools or university, becoming successful in business, the arts or in their chosen profession.
But for many, success has not been easy. Even though they are intelligent, some adults are conditioned to believe that they are stupid, lazy and defeated, resulting in frustration, disappointment, low self-confidence and failure.
It is a disorder that affects individuals of potentially average to above average intelligence by interfering with the central nervous system and its ability to process information. Learning disabilities affect the way in which an individual takes in, remembers and understands information, as well as how an individual expresses that knowledge.
Some adults may experience problems in any or all of the following:
Adults with learning disabilities may excel in the following areas:
Or they may have difficulty in the following areas:
You are not alone! Learning disabilities affect approximately one out of every 10 people. That totals more than 2 million Canadians.
Before 1980, very little was done to help adults with learning disabilities. What can you do now? If solid coping skills and compensatory strategies are not developed, the learning disability may continue to interfere with work, education and social relations. By developing skills and taking advantage of new technologies, adults with learning disabilities will be able to succeed. Remember, it is never too late to ask for help!
You can make a difference by taking control of your life and achieving your potential.
Reprinted from: http://www.ldao.ca/about_ld/adults/index.php#awithld