learning disability

After high school, students with disabilities need to be prepared for the same activities other students are prepared for, according to the Education Week Research Center.

The education policy non-profit issued its 10th annual Diplomas Count report looking at the challenges and opportunities students with disabilities face as they transition from high school.

“Not all students with disabilities face the same difficulties, the same challenges,” said senior research associate Sterling Lloyd.

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Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability which makes it hard for those who have it to learn to read and write. According the Pennsylvania branch of the International Dyslexia Association, it’s the most common learning disability.

“15 to 20 percent of the population have some level of dyslexia.” said Pittsburgh region of the Association Chairperson Christine Seppi. “That’s a really huge number. Autism, which gets a lot of press, has one in 50. This is one in five or six.”