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What Are the Different Types of Learning Disability Advocacy?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

Learning disability advocacy may involve organizations acting on behalf of those with learning disabilities, school officials and counselors advocating for individual students, and those with certain types of learning disabilities advocating for themselves. The goal of any advocacy organization or program is to ensure that people with learning disabilities have the proper tools they need for success. In areas where such programs are not available, it is up to those who need the help to educate themselves about their conditions as much as possible so that they can get what they need themselves.

One type of learning disability advocacy involves organizations which act to promote awareness and to support programs for students and adults with disabilities. By educating the public, including teachers and potential employers, these conditions become easier to understand and work around. This allows educators to work with students more effectively by teaching them in ways that they can better understand. Many advocacy groups work hard to ensure that special education and tutoring opportunities are available in every school.

Not all schools offer special classes for students with learning disabilities.
Not all schools offer special classes for students with learning disabilities.

Other learning disability advocacy programs may work to help those with disabilities and their families deal with the condition. This may include education on the condition itself, as well as information on how to cope. These programs are most beneficial when begun early, but even adults may benefit. By working with someone, those with disabilities can discover the most effective ways for them to learn new skills.

Since not all schools or places of employment offer special classes or treatment for those with disabilities, self-led learning disability advocacy was established. This refers to a process in which disabled people become educated about their conditions in order to find their own way of doing things. These individuals learn how their brain works, how their disability affects their brain and learning abilities, and the best ways for them to learn. Resources providing this information can be found online, in books, or through professional counselors.

Another form of learning disability advocacy involves researching and developing new treatments for common disabilities. Doctors and scientists are constantly trying to learn more about these conditions, how the work, and what can be done to prevent or treat them. Medications and therapies are offered for many with learning disabilities. Researchers also provide additional information as it is discovered so that disabled people, along with their families can take advantage of the latest treatments and come to more of an understanding of the conditions themselves.

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I have dyslexia, and I started a group for people like myself, but we need an advocate in order to get started. We're like stuck on first base, and trying to get to all of the other bases in order to make our life work for us.

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    • Not all schools offer special classes for students with learning disabilities.
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      Not all schools offer special classes for students with learning disabilities.