Survey Shows Americans Need and Want More Info on Learning Disabilities

by Jackie Zubrzycki –

Can glasses treat a learning disability? Can poor diet cause one? Many Americans are confused about what, exactly, learning disabilities are, how prevalent they are, and how they are lived with and dealt with in the law and classroom, according to a new survey of 2,000 Americans by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

The NCLD has published the results of its first survey of Americans’ perceptions about learning disabilities, and the findings indicate that there is a good deal of confusion. “While great strides have been made in awareness of learning disabilities, these findings underscore the critical need for education,” said James H. Wendorf, the executive director of NCLD, in a press release.

The executive summary, which has more details, will be posted on the NCLD’s website later today, but here are a few key findings:

•Forty-three percent of Americans incorrectly think that learning disabilities are correlated with IQ.

•Twenty-two percent incorrectly believe learning disabilities can be caused by too much screen time; 31 percent believe a cause is poor diet; and 24 percent believe childhood vaccinations can be blamed.

•More than 66 percent of parents want more information about learning disabilities than schools currently provide.

•Thirty percent admitted to making casual jokes about having a learning disability when someone makes a reading, writing or mathematical mistake.

Most survey participants could identify dyslexia as a learning disability, though only 80 percent could accurately define it. But learning disabilities like dysgraphia (which affects spelling, handwriting, and coherence), dyscalculia (which affects math comprehension), and dyspraxia (which affects motor skills) were less familiar to many Americans.

Read more at What’s a Learning Disability, Anyway? Most Americans Confused.

via SpecialEdPost — Survey Shows Americans Need and Want More Info on Learning Disabilities.

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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