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Living with Learning Disabilities

Are you-or someone close to you-living with a learning disability? Here are true stories and tips from other adults who live with LD.

 
Improving Basic Skills & Learning Content for the GED

Reading

  • Adult Learning Activities
    Interactive lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Each lesson includes a news article with a recording of the text, vocabulary identification and practice, spelling practice, and comprehension check. Content areas include: working, law and government, family, school, health and safety, housing, money, science and technology, services, going places, and nature.
  • Learning Resources
    Web based instruction using current and past CNN news stories. Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story. Each module is designed for ease of use so the learner can use it independently. The instructor can also incorporate any story into class activities and lesson plans.
  • TV411
    This web site features interactive lessons and articles the themes of money, parenting, people, and health. Lessons improve reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and learning skills.
  • PBS Literacy Link
    This online learning center offers workplace readiness, basic skills and GED preparation for adult learners.
  • The Key: A Newspaper for New Readers
    This web site features news articles for beginning, intermediate, and advanced Adult E.S.L. students as well as links to lesson plans. Includes sections on health, parenting, sports, and fun/games. Winner of LINCS’ Hot Sites Award of Distinction.
  • The Beehive
    Content on the Beehive includes basic information regarding current events, schools, family, money, health care and jobs.
Writing
  • The Five Paragraph Essay
    You do not have to be a wizard to learn to write excellent five-paragraph essays. You do need some basic skill and practice. At this site, you will find the information you need to learn how to write the essay as well as some writing prompts to help you develop skill.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    This site acts as a turorial on various parts of grammar and writing. INcludes definitions, examples and online interactive quizzes at all levels of writing.
  • TV 411 - Grammar and punctuation
    These interactive lessons and articles address the themes of money, parenting, people, and health. Lessons improve reading, writing, vocabulary, math , and learning skills.
  • Spelling: A Key to Good Communication
    This spelling program, designed by Melinda Stickler of North Dakota , provides an excellent base for spelling instruction. It is appropriate for a wide variety of literacy levels and can be used as an instructional tool or a self study guide.
Mathematics
  • Student/Learner – Numeracy Activities
    Try out interesting, real world activities that help you learn math.
  • TV411
    These interactive lessons and articles address the themes of money, parenting, people, and health. Lessons improve reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and learning skills
  • math.com
    Math.com is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways to learn math. This site provides activities that guide users to finding the solutions they need. In addition to activities and problems, this site offers interactive tools, such as a scientific calculator, percentages, and saving calculator.

Science

  • Student / Learner –Science Activities
    Take a look at some interesting websites that will get you started exploring the world and learning about science. These websites have been organized according to the National Science Education Standards that describe the science content and skills that all learners should know and be able to do. The topics are the same as the ones that are emphasized in the GED Science test.

Social Studies

  • National Geographic
    Explore the world – past and present! History, culture, maps, geography, and more!

 
Preparing for the GED

What to Expect

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  • GEDonline - Prepare for the GED test online!
    Take the official GED Practice Tests developed by the GED Testing Service. Grade them online. Study using online interactive practice lessons. The goal of this website is to guide you along the way to successfully passing the GED Test. It will help you take practice tests, grade them, and suggest practice lessons to help improve any weak areas. Registration required. The registration cost is $50.00. This gives you unlimited use of GEDonline for four months. If you need more time to complete your studies, you can extend your membership at a payment of $10.00 per month.

Learning & Test Taking Accommodations

  • Accommodating Math Students with Learning Disabilities
    This article, from Focus on Basics, discusses common profiles of the learning disabled and strategies that can be used in the math class to meet the needs of these students.
  • The GED and Students with LD and/or ADHD
    This article describes the GED Testing Service goal to support individuals with disabilities and provide them with the accommodations necessary to ensure adequate access to the GED test.
  • The GED Tests: Accommodating Accommodations
    Adults with documented learning disabilities or ADHD can request accommodations when taking the GED.  This is done using Form L-15.  Neil Sturomski, educational consultant to the General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS),  tells how to use this form.
  • Special Accommodations for Documented Disabilities
    The GED Testing Service explains the accommodations that may be granted for documented disabilities and process of requesting them.

 

 
Improving Learning Strategies & Study Skills

What are ‘Learning Strategies?

Try some strategies that help you study, remember, and recall information.

  • Study skills topic pages
    This page contains information for students of all ages to improve their study skills. Tips include preparation, listening and reading skills, note taking, and more.
  • The Learning Tool Box
    The Learning Toolbox is an instructional web site designed to help students with LD become more effective learners using research-based strategies. It is designed for independent use by students; use by special education teachers following a systematic, direct teaching approach, and use by parents who want to help their children learn.
 
Becoming a Self Advocate

Becoming a Self Advocate
Self-advocacy is an important key to success for anyone and especially important for a person with learning disabilities.

What is self-advocacy?
It is the ability to fend for oneself.
It is the ability to negotiate for oneself.
It is the ability to understand one's needs.
It is the ability to ask for and get what one needs.
It is the ability to access all the agencies and legal rights available.
Destination Literacy (1999). Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, page 175.

 
Improving Social Skills

Adults with learning disabilities sometimes find it hard to read body language and verbal clues.  These kinds of difficulties can cause problems on the job and in personal relationships. Here are useful resources for development of skills such as teamwork, problem solving, interpersonal skills, oral communication, and listening.

It’s about more than learning: How learning disabilities affect social skills and relationships
This article discusses the difficulties with social interactions faced by many individuals with learning disabilities.

Social Skills and Adults with Learning Disabilities
Overview of the difficulties in acquiring and using social skills experienced by some adults with L.D.

Dealing with Learning Disabilities in Relationships
Great tips for dealing with the difficulties that can be experienced by persons with learning disabilities.

 
LINCS Reviewed Resource for Students/Learners

Go here for many useful web sites and books for adult learners.

 
 

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