Students with Learning Disabilities Can Learn New Languages Too

Laura Grey is proficient in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. She is also learning Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Dutch. She is doing this although she has a learning disability.

A learning disability is a condition that makes learning difficult.

Grey has dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading, writing and spelling difficult.

“I was an early reader so nobody thought that I was dyslexic for a long time,” Grey said. “They had just thought that I had terrible handwriting and was a bad speller. Not living up to my academic potential.”

The National Center for Education Statistics says that 13.8 percent of students learning English in the United States have a disability. The statistics include both physical and learning disabilities.

Learn more about Laura’s language learning journey and how to better help your students with learning disabilities with their language acquisition here.

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