It is estimated that one in five people struggle with a learning disability (LD), regardless of intelligence. That means that approximately 20% of New Yorkers -- including NYPL patrons, staff, and their children -- need assistance to achieve their full learning power. The high prevalence of LD also shows the importance of removing the stigma from this condition. Sometimes a simple adjustment to our speech, a patient repetition, or change to a teaching method can make the difference between a moment where learning took place, or a moment where learning was lost.
Below are brief video excerpts from "Understanding Learning Disabilities," a workshop presented by the Centers for Reading and Writing, with featured speaker Dr. Mary Kelly. Mary S. Kelly, PhD, is Director of the Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The workshop took place on Friday, September 30, in the Bronx Library Center Auditorium, with an audience of volunteer adult literacy tutors, students, and staff of the New York Public Library. In this information session, Dr. Kelly discusses the characteristics of learning disabilities and explains how the right kind of assistance and instruction can help people of all ages overcome the roadblocks to learning.
What Are Learning Disabilities? (Definition, examples, characteristics)
Best Practices: Instruction for tutors and students who deal with learning disabilities
Q&A with Dr. Mary Kelly: