7 Facts That Parents Need to Know About Learning Disabilities and Special Education! – Education Service

Are you the parent of a child with a learning disability receiving special education services? Would you like to learn a few useful facts about learning disabilities (LD) that you can use to advocate for your child? This article will discuss 9 things that you should know to benefit your child.Statistic 1: 27 million public school students were identified as having a learning disability in 2007. This is 5.2% of the entire school population.Statistic 2: Boys comprised 2/3 of this number while girls only comprised 1/3. Why does it affect boys more than girls? It may be due to the presence of Co-morbid conditions (conditions that tend to occur together). More boys than girls are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and this condition is often co-morbid with LD”s.Statistic 3: LD children make up 44% of all school children that are identified as having a disability.Statistic 4: Students with LD’s are more likely to be retained in a grade as their non disabled peers.Statistic 5: LD students are disciplined at a much higher rate that their non disabled peers. Why is this? In my opinion this is because of lack of an appropriate education; children get frustrated and develop behavioral difficulty.Statistic 6: High school drop out rate for LD children is 25% which I believe is higher than the regular drop out rate.Statistic 7: Employment for LD adults is 55% compared to 76% of their non disabled peers. Not being able to get and keep a job will prevent the adult from living their full potential.Why are these statistics important? Because they show, that children with LD’s make up most of the categories of disability in special education. School districts need to do a better job of educating these children and preparing them for adult life.These children need to be given early intensive remediation that is scientifically research based to help children learn! These children need to have access to the regular education curriculum and state standards, and work toward a regular education diploma! Special education personnel need to ensure that these children are ready for post school learning, employment, independent living and financial self sufficiency. Use these facts to advocate for an appropriate education for your child!