What do we mean by learning disability?


A learning disability is a disorder in one or more basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.


That are not primarily the result of:

•  A visual, hearing, or motor disability

•  Mental retardation

•  Emotional disturbance

•  Cultural factors

•  Environmental or economic disadvantage

•  Limited English proficiency


For the purposes of the WIO project, individuals who have attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and those with Asperger's Disorder will be eligible to participate. What distinguishes Asperger's Disorder from autism are the less severe symptoms and the absence of language delays. Individuals with Asperger's Disorder may be only mildly affected and frequently have good language and cognitive skills. To the untrained observer, and individual with Asperger's Disorder may just seem like a normal person behaving differently.

Autism Society of America Website