Learning Disabitlities – Did you know?
We have a new Ability Sheet for the month of January and it is on Learning Disabilities. Feel free to print the PDF (Portable Document Format) version and post it somewhere that your staff can read, and have an electronic copy available upon request.
Persons with Learning Disabilities
- People with learning disabilities receive and process information differently and generally have average to above average intelligence. Therefore, they are actually smarter than most of us are.
- Learning disabilities (LD) affect every person differently and can range from mild to severe.
- Sometimes people can have more than one learning disability (LD). One third of people that have a learning disability also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which makes it difficult for them to concentrate, stay focused or manager their attention.
- LD can impact a person`s reading, writing, and math skills. It can also cause difficulties with motor skills (movement and coordination), understanding spoken language, distinguishing between sounds, and interpreting visual information.
- 1 in 10 people in Canada have a learning disability.
What helps me in the workplace?
- When you are creating, documents and information keep it in a logical order.
- When you are speaking to me don`t jump all over the map with ideas and thoughts or you will lose me.
- At the same time if you are talking to me really slow, because you think I can`t grasp what you are saying, I will be so bored that you will lose me then too.
- When projects are well structured and thought out it helps me to understand what I`m required to do.
- It`s important that I am able to stay organized and stay to task. Having a laptop, an organized workplace and few distractions are helpful.
- During a meeting if you hear me typing on my laptop it`s not because I`m working on something else, I`m taking careful notes so that I can reflect on them later.
- If you are holding instructional or learning workshops it would be helpful if I could have the training materials in advance. If there is any kind of testing I made need to be accommodated.
- Workshop materials should be designed and laid out in a manner that makes sense (beginning, middle and end).
- I`m the person in the training room or meeting that is usually tapping my feet and or jiggling and moving around. I get restless very quickly. Keep learning exciting and include audio, visual and hands-on activities to give a variety of experiences.
- Keep meetings going at a good pace. Have an agenda and don`t let people get side tracked and ramble on.
- It`s interesting that all of the above bulleted suggestions help everyone – not just people with learning disabilities.
One thing I want people to know:
“I`m not stupid; I am actually very smart. My i-phone has become my new best friend. It`s as active and as fast as my mind is and helps me to find and save information.” Anonymous