Focusing Light on Hidden Disability


Chance are if you just simply look at four other friends, associates or relatives, you can’t see the problems or difficulties one of those in the group faces each and every day.

One in five Americans has a learning disability or disorder, says the U.S. Department of Education in its Twenty-Ninth Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, learning disabilities are “hidden disabilities” where the person looks perfectly “normal”, yet may be unable to demonstrate the skill level expected from someone of a similar age.  A learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong challenge.

Dyslexia is one of these hidden disabilities. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia “as a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin.

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