Learning disabilities interfere with the brain's ability to receive, store, process or produce information.
Mainstream high schools often lack the necessary resources to offer the specialized education that students with learning differences (LD) require. The long-term consequences impact not only those students with LD, but also society as a whole.
A 20-year study identified six key factors that differentiate successful LD students from unsuccessful LD students. They are:
The study determined that these characteristics "may have a greater influence on success than even such factors as academic achievement, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and even intelligence quotient (IQ)." At Edison, we actively work on all of these areas throughout the four years of high school. Learn more by reading "Life Success for Children with Disabilities: A Parent Guide," published by the Frostig Center.
At Edison High School, we have simple criteria for measuring the success of our students:
Learning to manage and cope with a learning difference is important for a young person, whether or not a family chooses Edison for high school. There is compelling evidence to seek out and acquire the information necessary to successfully manage life—academically, personally and professionally—with a learning difference. Please see our Resources page for local and national informational and support organizations for adults and students.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities published a comprehensive report in 2014 called The State of Learning Disabilities, Third Edition, 2014. Below are a few facts taken from it. To learn more, you can read/download the full report.