NLA Discussion: literacy and undiagnosed learningn disabilities
agorman at ala.org
Wed Mar 31 13:54:26 EST 1999
Undiagnosed learning disabilities are a frequest cause of a student's
failures in learning and in life. For those who are properly trained,
it is not that difficult to determine the existence of LD,
particularly the most common kinds, which are reading disabilities.
One of the key policy issues and practical issues for literacy
providers is getting a realistic assessment of the strengths and the
problem areas for all learners.
If they need glasses, we should know that. If they have hearing
problems, we should know that. If they have dyslexia or other
learning disabilities that make it hard for their brains to process
the information we're trying to teach we should know that.
In all of these cases, there are interventions that can remedy the
difficulties. Many accommodations are actually easy, once we know
what we're dealing with and have learned about approaches that work.
OK, people! How can we get people assessed and on the road to help?
I think the NIFL/NALLD trainings hold part of the answer. But what
changes are implied in intake and in our interactions with other
I'm not on the discussion any more, but a colleague sent me this
question. I hope it triggers some good, practical brainstorming!
Audrey J. Gorman
Roads To Learning, The Public Libraries' Learning Disabilities
The American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
E-mail: agorman at ala.org
Voice: 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4027
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I have long been interested in the issues of literacy. One that has
mentioned yet in the limited discussion is the problem of illiteracy
people with undiagnosed learning disabilities. This problem may be
to diagnose if people are not literate in their native languages
whether US or
Learning English Adult Program, Inc.
New York City
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