Are Learning Disabilities Common?
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Report to Congress, approximately 20%, or 1 out of every 5 people in the U.S. has a learning disability.
As many as 3 million children under the age of 21 receive special education in school because of a learning disability.
These are some pretty big numbers and more importantly, learning disabilities last a lifetime. If a child has a learning disability, chances are good that one of their parents has one too.
The fact that learning disabilities are so common would lead one to believe that there must be a major source of funding for them in the schools, but contrary to what many parents hear, schools are under-funded when it comes to resources for special education.
The kids that need help the most often times don’t receive it because the schools can’t afford to help them. Many times it’s up to the parents to find help outside the schools.