How can I better understand what it’s like to have a learning disability?

Date Updated
4/29/19

A learning disability is a neurological disorder resulting from a difference in the way a person’s brain (LD) is wired when compared to most people. Someone with a learning disability may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling, or organizing. LDs cannot be cured or fixed. However, with the right support and intervention, people with LDs can succeed in school and go on to successful careers. People with learning disabilities often think outside of the box, seeing solutions to problems that someone else may not see. People with learning disabilities bring different strengths to the table and diversity in problem solving approaches.

To glimpse into how people with different learning disabilities process the world, try out the exercises from PBS’s Misunderstood Minds.