Special Populations Collaborative

Effective Practices for Students with Disabilities

Lake Tahoe Community College, Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) focus on Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities (LD) is a general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disabilities manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical skills. Because LD usually has no outward manifestations, students may experience credibility problems when they ask for assistance or accommodation. The fact is that Learning Disabilities are as real as visible physical disabilities and may be incapacitating.

Having a Learning Disability does not mean being unable to learn. It does mean that the person may have to use adaptive methods to process information, so that learning can be accomplished. A learning disability exists when information is received through the senses, but inaccurately transmitted to the brain or inappropriately expressed. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) has developed resources to help instructors and students to deal with learning disabilities. These include: facts about learning disabilities, characteristics of students with learning disabilities, effective instructional strategies, strategies for test adaptation and administration, and links to learning disability-related web sites.

For more information contact the Lake Tahoe Community College DRC at 530/541-4660 ext. 249