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 […]

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 […]

Dyscravia

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility Dyscravia is a voicing substitution dysgraphia, i.e. a type of writing disorder in which the affected person confuses letters denoting sounds that differ in their voicing attribute (e.g. writing “dap” instead of “tap” or “tash” instead of “dash”). It arises from a deficit within the phoneme-to-grapheme conversion process in a cognitive function specialized in the conversion of the voicing feature of […]

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 […]

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is part of the Mental Health Foundation, a UK charity founded in 1949, and operates as a directorate within the charity. The Mental Health Foundation originally funded research in both learning disabilities and mental health. In 1999, it created the separate Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The aim of the Foundation is to […]

Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility The Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia (Center for READing) is a university-based program at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. It was established in 1996 to: develop strategies for the prevention and remediation of reading disabilities search for strategies that will lead to the improvement of remedial processes provide […]

Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders

Source: This Article has been Edited for Accessibility The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL) is a nonprofit organization founded by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder for identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders.