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Learning Disabilities

A learning disability (LD) is a disorder that affects a child's ability to interpret what they see and hear or to link information from different parts of the brain. This section provides a wealth of information about learning disabilities, the most common of which is dyslexia — difficulty with language and reading. Also visit our sister site LD OnLine, the leading website on learning disabilities for parents and educators.

Featured partner: National Center on Learning Disabilities

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Al Roker

Learn the warning signs for a child who may have difficulties with reading and why early intervention is so important.

Henry Winkler

Learn how brain scientists are working to solve the puzzle of why some children struggle to read and others don't.

Molly Ringwald

Explore the reading challenges facing kids with disabilities, and what schools across the country are doing to help them find success.

Professional Development Webcasts

Professional Development Webcasts

Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in these engaging roundtable discussions. Each webcast features a 60–minute video as well as recommended readings and suggested discussion questions.

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"You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me." — Strickland Gillilan