Learning Disabilities in 2019: Diagnosis, Assistive Technology, and Website Accessibility

Learning disabilities (LDs) have different names in different countries, but they all refer to a person’s problems with assimilating, processing and/or reproducing learning content in a typical manner. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the American definition and diagnosis. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, a learning disability is […]

All About Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury, or RSI, is a general term for pain in the muscles, tendons, and nerves from repetitive overuse. RSI typically affects the upper limbs, but can also appear in areas such as the lower back. Commonly affected areas include arms, hands, neck, and shoulders. The injury affects humans as well as animals. Assistive […]

Deciphering Dyslexia: The Paradox of the Differently-Wired Brain

By Daria Costello Dyslexia has long been a generic term, even a terminological catch-all, encompassing a range of classifications, symptoms, and diagnoses. It’s remarkable how much disparity there is in understanding dyslexia and its causes and treatments, despite having been first identified and labeled by doctors in Europe over a century ago.[i] Generally recognized at its […]

All about writing disabilities and dysgraphia: The truth about scrawling and scribbling

Humankind underwent an unimaginable transformation in the last millennium. The Science Museum of London, England estimates that we communicated using language as much as 100,000 years ago. Historians posit that prior to the development of language, humans communicated through writing. Yet, many brilliant people over the centuries with dysgraphia and writing disabilities prospered, succeeded, and showed […]

Greengate School

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility Greengate School for Dyslexia is a private, non-profit school located in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. Established in 2002, Greengate School provides a full-time elementary program for children with dyslexia in Huntsville. Starting with three students in a church, Greengate had 32 students in 2006 and 19 teachers. The school has a 4:1 student teacher […]

Generalist Genes Hypothesis

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility The Generalist Genes Hypothesis of learning abilities and disabilities was conceived by Professor Robert Plomin, one of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. The term was originally coined in an article by Plomin & Kovas (2005), published in Psychological Bulletin, one of the leading psychology journals (according to Web of Science’s Journal Citation Reports). The Generalist […]

Future planning for disability care

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility For many elderly carers of a relative who has a learning or other disability, future planning is an issue. The population of older parents who have children with a learning disability is growing and many of their children are likely to outlive them. In many cases the caring role can span up to seven decades, ending only […]