Learning Disabilities (LD) Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month (October) is a time where people pay special attention to children and adults with learning disabilities. During this month, Reading Rockets asks each of you to teach one person one new thing about learning disabilities. If you find an interesting article or resource here, consider passing it along to a friend, family member, or colleague.

What you'll find in this section:

Information on learning disabilities

Learning Disabilities: An Overview will tell you what a learning disability is, the different types, and the causes.

These briefs describe the specific types of learning disabilities:

The LD OnLine glossary defines the vocabulary of special education.

The LD OnLine timeline tells the history of learning disabilities.

E-cards, children's books, creativity, and more

Send an e-card to a teacher who has gone above and beyond to help a child with LD. The beginning of the school year is a great time to write something specific you appreciate.

Down & Up: The Journey of a Child with LD. Raise awareness about learning disabilities by sharing this one-of-a-kind animation with friends and loved ones affected by LD.

Read a children's book and share it with a child you know. Try one of these from the Reading Rockets or LD OnLine booklists:

Visit the LD OnLine kids art gallery. Encourage your child to draw or paint a picture and submit it here.

Inspirational stories

Stories about success can inspire each of us to feel more confident in meeting the challenges of learning disabilities.

More resources

To learn more about reading, writing, and learning disabilities in young children, visit the Reading Rockets LD resources section.

For more in-depth information about learning disabilities, take a look at the comprehensive resources on our sister site LD OnLine.

The following organizations provide information and advocacy for children, families, and adults with learning disabilities:


History of LD Awareness Month

October was originally designated in the United States as LD Month in 1985 through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) has celebrated LD Month since 1987 and provides an updated toolkit each year. Organizations in the United States use this month to inform the public about learning disabilities through events and proclamations. LD Awareness Month is celebrated in many states, often coordinated through each state's Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) office.

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