Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Ellen Seidman, who blogs over at To the Max, recently consulted an expert at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) to clear up misconceptions and confusion about learning disabilities. According to NCLD, 15-20% of the U.S. population has a learning disability, a general term for those who may have difficulty learning for any reason.
Recently, NCLD also released results for a survey they conducted — about 2,000 American adults were asked for their views on learning disabilities. NCLD found that a high number of adults lacked basic understanding of different types of learning disabilities beyond dyslexia. Instead, most adults associated learning disabilities like dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting), dyscalculia (difficulty with math), and dyspraxia (difficulty with motor skill development) with an autism spectrum disorder, an inability to make emotional connections, and an anxiety disorder, respectively. Some surprising survey results included:
- Over 66% of parents want more information about learning disabilities than schools currently provide.
- 55% of Americans wrongly believe that corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities.
- 22% incorrectly believe learning disabilities can be caused by too much screen time; 31% believe a cause is poor diet; 24% believe a cause is childhood vaccinations.
Learn more about the survey results from the infographic below. All information is provided by NCLD.org.