Myths & Facts about Learning...

Myths & Facts about Learning Disabilities

by Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
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1. Myth: People with LDs cannot learn.

  • People with LDs are smart and can learn.
  • LDs mean learning in different ways.

2. Myth: People with LDs are just lazy.

  • People with LDs often have to work harder, but the results may not show their efforts.
  • Some people with LDs may become discouraged because they have struggled so hard, and they may appear unmotivated or lazy.

3. Myth: Accommodations give an unfair advantage.

  • Fair is not always equal.
  • Accommodations allow people with LDs to work to their level of their ability and not their disability.

4. Myth:All LDs are outgrown by adulthood.

  • LDs tend to be noticed most often in school, but can affect all areas of life.
  • Often by adulthood, people have found ways to use their strengths to compensate for their LDs. Many adults seek work environments that are a good fit.

5. Myth: LDs are all the same.

  • LDs are complicated and vary from person to person.
  • LDs come in many forms and affect everyone differently.
  • The impact of LDs may change in different settings depending on the demands of the situation.

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