NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Majority Of Americans Misunderstand The Basics Of Learning Disabilities. National Center for Learning Disabilities Announces The State of Learning Disabilities Report (Third Edition, 2014) Examining Public Perceptions for the First Time.
Important report--the achievement gap persists--and there continues to be misunderstanding of our students. Kudos to NCLD for the work they do, the way they do it, and the important responsibility they are shouldering for our students, their families and our schools!--Lou
"The 2014 State of Learning Disabilities report is more than a collection of facts and numbers. It tells a story about the realities of LD in society today, including new sections about public perceptions and the impact of LD on post-secondary education and employment. Also included is a section that identifies emerging issues for which reliable data are urgently needed.
Dr. Sheldon H. Horowitz, NCLD's director of LD resources and co-author of this report, states, "While some progress has been made, the hurdles faced by the LD community remain daunting." Citing from the newly added "public perceptions" section of the report, Dr. Horowitz offers the following findings:Up to 1/3 of people inaccurately attribute LD to excessive time watching TV, poor diet or childhood vaccinations; 1/2 of people surveyed think it's just laziness7 out of 10 people surveyed mistakenly link LD with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders1 in 3 parents report deep feelings of isolation, stress, anxiety, guilt and pessimism regarding their child's learning and attention issues
"This report should be a call to action for parents, school leaders and policy makers to take steps to ensure that every individual who struggles with learning and attention issues is provided the opportunity to graduate from high school, live an independent life and contribute to society in the most meaningful ways."
Dr. Stevan Kukic, NCLD's director of school transformation, states that "one of the biggest challenges we face is overcoming the persistent achievement gap for all students with learning and attention issues in reading and math, with even more dire results for students with identified learning disabilities." He goes on to say that "the implication of the data in this report go beyond any specific population. Our challenge is to use data to transform schools in ways that benefit all students, all parents, all teachers, all administrators. The key to solving the student achievement gap is implementing evidence-based practice with fidelity.".."