Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is sometimes called an "invisible disability" because the effects are usually not outwardly noticeable. Learning disability refers to the manner in which the individual processes information, NOT to the individual's level of intelligence. The individual often acquires, integrates, and expresses information in ways that differ from the norm. These processing differences can affect one performance area and not another. For example, a student whose LD affects his/her ability to take in written information might process auditory information easily. Another student might have difficulty processing auditory information. Other students might experience difficulty responding quickly in classroom discussions or conversations.

What constitutes a learning disability is complex and requires diagnosis by a professional who can administer and interpret the appropriate tests.

Alternative Format

Disabilities Services arranges for students to receive printed course/program information in a format appropriate to their processing needs. Please work closely with the student to ensure that materials reach Disabilities Services as early as possible so that format changes to the student's materials can be completed in time.


Students may require extra assistance filling out forms, especially when asked to do so on the spot.

Handouts and Other Printed Materials

Poor quality copies can cause additional processing difficulty for the student. Use originals whenever possible.

Disabilities Services arranges accommodations such as early registration, books on tape, alternative testing and the use of voice activated software.