learning disability

noun

Definition of learning disability

: any of various conditions (such as dyslexia or dysgraphia) that interfere with an individual's ability to learn and so result in impaired functioning in language, reasoning, or academic skills (such as reading, writing, and mathematics) and that are thought to be caused by difficulties in processing and integrating information

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learning disabled adjective

Examples of learning disability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was diagnosed with a learning disability during his junior year, however, and started out at Iowa Western Community College in 2017 before transferring to Iowa. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Players with Wisconsin ties are getting picked on the third day of the NFL draft," 1 May 2021 Daunte Wright, who had a two-year-old son, dropped out of high school about two years ago because of a learning disability, his father said. Washington Post, "Minn. police officer who shot Daunte Wright apparently meant to use Taser but accidentally fired gun, police chief says," 12 Apr. 2021 Though both Gardiner and McKay serve youngsters with disabilities, students who use McKay can have far less significant needs, such as a learning disability or a speech impediment, than those using Gardiner. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "House to take up scholarship bill, but changes worry parents of students with disabilities," 19 Apr. 2021 One in five children in the United States has a learning disability. Meg Dunn, CNN, "He figured out how to succeed despite his learning differences. Today, his mentorship program helps younger generations realize 'their brains are beautiful'," 18 Mar. 2021 In 2017, Zachary Lichterman, who has a learning disability and psychological issues, got a job through the J.C.C. program with a catering contractor. Andy Newman, New York Times, "‘I Really Loved My Job’: Why the Pandemic Has Hit These Workers Harder," 5 Mar. 2021 Disabilities defined under the funding guidelines include developmental delays, autism, hearing impairment, deaf-blindness, visual impairment, speech or language impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability and others. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea school board holds hearing on special education funding," 26 Feb. 2021 The evidence pointed to the fact that people with a learning disability were up to six times more likely than the general population to die from Covid-19, while this figure was increased by a magnitude of 30 for those in the 18-34 age group. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, "People With Learning Disabilities In England Finally Prioritized For Covid Vaccine," 25 Feb. 2021 Eli’s mom, Alice Stuart, contacted the school in January to launch the process to formally evaluate her child for dyslexia and dyscalculia, a math learning disability. Washington Post, "Thousands of families in special-education limbo," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of learning disability

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Learning disability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning%20disability. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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learning disability

noun

English Language Learners Definition of learning disability

: a condition that makes learning difficult

learning disability

noun

Kids Definition of learning disability

: any of various conditions (as dyslexia) that make learning difficult

Other Words from learning disability

learning disabled adjective

learning disability

noun

Medical Definition of learning disability

: any of various disorders (as dyslexia or dysgraphia) that interfere with an individual's ability to learn resulting in impaired functioning in verbal language, reasoning, or academic skills (as reading, writing, and mathematics) and are thought to be caused by difficulties in processing and integrating information abbreviation LD

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learning disabled adjective

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