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

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The money raised will be given to the U.K. charity, Royal Mencap Society, which works with people with learning disabilities. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "Kit Harington Makes Substantial Donation To GOT Fan's Charity From "Beyond The Wall"," 30 June 2019 The lengthy list of FASD symptoms includes (among others) speech delays, memory problems, cognitive delays, hyperactivity, difficulty focusing, and learning disabilities. Anchorage Daily News, "Living with FASD: ‘I’m going to have this for the rest of my life’," 28 June 2019 Mencap supports people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. Aurelie Corinthios, EW.com, "Game of Thrones star Kit Harington donates to fundraiser started by fans: 'Brought tears to my eyes'," 26 June 2019 It is characterized by learning disabilities and cognitive impairments; about half of people with fragile X also have ASD. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 Even in low doses, the heavy metal can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems in children. Wendy Ruderman, Philly.com, "$15.7M for emergency Philly school repairs to be announced by Hite, Wolf on Friday," 29 June 2018 In one particularly egregious case involving children with learning disabilities, students are being given painful electric shocks as a form of behavior modification. WSJ, "Derelict Hospitals Must Reform or Face Loss of Funds," 7 Jan. 2019 Many students with certain physical or learning disabilities participate entirely in general education, but receive small adjustments such as extra time on tests, or accommodations for vision or hearing impairments. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido schools take close look at special education and find it lacking," 13 May 2018 Winners Siena, 16, works to support students with autism and learning disabilities; Lily, 14, a wheelchair motocross competitor & anti-bullying campaigner Junior, 14. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Had Two Secret Meetings This Week While Everyone Was Focused on Harry & Meghan," 19 Oct. 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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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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