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Decisions: Planning for Success  

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   Gathering Information | Making Choices | Finding Out What Works | Becoming a Self-Advocate

Decisions: Planning for Success

Having a learning disability is a challenge, but planning for success helps. Adults with LD can live happy and successful lives.

How do I build a successful life?
Adults with LD share some tips.

Steps to Success
Gather Information about your Learning Disability and your Strengths.
To be successful, adults with learning disabilities get to know themselves well and find work that is a "good fit" with their strengths and limitations.
  • Know your strengths and abilities.
  • Learn all you can about your learning disabilities and accommodations that will help you succeed.
To understand yourself this well, it helps to work with a partner. An adult education teacher can help in gathering and understanding assessment information that you need. Together, you can decide on an action plan of study. Click here for teacher information on this topic.

Make Choices about Learning and Work
Being pro-active is a key. People who are flexible, look at options, and take charge of their lives are more likely to succeed.
  • Set realistic goals and work toward them in a step-by-step way. Find people who will support and coach you, but work toward independence at the same time.
  • Ask yourself, " What do I need to learn?' Work with a teacher or tutor to choose curriculum that matches your needs. Click here for teacher information on curriculum options.

Learning Disabilities and Work Issues
How do learning disabilities affect a person in the workplace?  What factors contribute to success for a worker with LD?  How can a 'coach' or teacher assist adults as they prepare for work? This tutorial addresses an issue of prime importance to those with learning disabilities: how to engage in satisfying and successful work. It also raises awareness of learning disabilities for employers and workers.

Find out What Works for You
Successful adults with LD notice when something is working well for them and when it isn't.
When something isn't working, they try another approach.
When something is working -even if it's hard - they stick with it.
Click here for teacher information on this topic.

Become a Self Advocate
Successful people with LD not only understand their own strengths and limitations. They also speak up for themselves in order to get accommodations that they need to succeed.


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