The National Center for Learning Disabilities has recently published the 2009 document of The State of Learning Disabilities, a new report on the status of children and adults with learning disabilities (LD) in America. The comprehensive report shatters common myths about LD and provides benchmark data to compare and contrast how people with LD are faring in school and work.
Key Facts for adults include:
- Students with LD go on to postsecondary education at a much lower rate than non-disabled peers, and of those who do, few seek supports in college and few earn undergraduate or advanced degrees.
- In 2005, 55% of adults with LD (ages 18-64) were employed compare to 76% of those without LD, 6% were unemployed vs. 3% and 39% were not in the labor force vs. 21%.
- The true prevalence of learning disabilities in the U.S. may be as high as 10-15% – in both children and adults – based on reasearch by leading experts.