3 Tips for Managing a Learning Disability in Adulthood

Support from schools can improve elementary and secondary students’ math, reading, and other language skills. But how can people with learning disabilities prepare for the demands of university or working life?

Dr. Brett Miller directs the Reading, Writing, and Related Learning Disabilities Program within NICHD’s Child Development and Behavior Branch. In the video series below, he talks about tools, tips, and approaches that can help people manage their learning disabilities as adults.

It's important to know and speak up for what you need. Understand your learning challenges, identify possible solutions, and ask for the resources that will allow you to reach your goals.


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Work with your school or employer to create a supportive learning environment, such as access to software that will help you succeed now and in the future.


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Use computer tools customized to your own pace and needs that can read text aloud, help you articulate your thoughts, and provide structure to your writing.

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