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Learning Disability

Learning Disability

BPS students may be eligible for special education services if they have learning disabilities. "Specific learning disability" is defined under federal law as "a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia…. The term does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of intellectual disability, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage".

A full range of services is available to students in the least restrictive environment possible. Examples of services provided for students are: adapted/modified classroom materials and instruction, alternative academic materials and instruction, and modified assessments and assessment procedures.

For more information about these services, contact: The Bismarck Special Education Department @ 323-4028.

For more information about services for preschool students, contact:
Michelle Hougen


Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) (link)

The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization that promotes effective teaching and research.CLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and who are committed to enhance the education and life span development of individuals with learning disabilities. CLD establishes standards of excellence and promotes innovative strategies for research and practice through interdisciplinary collegiality, collaboration, and advocacy.

LD OnLine (link)

LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children's writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (link)

The Learning Disabilities Association of America is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Resources (link)

LD Resources provides information for people with learning disabilities and people who work with people with learning disabilities. It contains lists of tools, schools, organizations and professionals and other resources for the LD community as well as new articles and commentaries.

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