Learning Disabilities

Specific Learning Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), Specific Learning Disorder is a “neurodevelopmental disorder[s] with a biological origin that is the basis for abnormalities at a cognitive level… which affect the brain’s ability to perceive or process verbal or nonverbal information efficiently and accurately” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 68). Specific Learning Disorder has three subsets: With impairment in reading (Reading Disorder/Dyslexia), With impairment in written expression (Dysgraphia), With impairment in mathematics (Math Disorder/Dyscalculia).


Web Resources

The websites listed below are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD.

  • Council for Learning Disabilities
    The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization concerned about issues related to students with learning disabilities. Working to build a better future for students with LD has been the primary goal of CLD for more than 20 years.
  • Educational Testing Service
    This section provides information to applicants with disabilities who seek approval of reasonable testing accommodations. Please review all of the materials before submitting your request. Application forms may be obtained by linking to specific testing programs listed.
  • LD Online
    LD OnLine.org is the world’s leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.  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.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
    Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers, and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the Learning Disabilities Association of America the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut, Inc.
    LDA of Connecticut is a non-profit organization of parents, professionals, and persons with learning disabilities. We are dedicated to promoting a better understanding of learning disabilities and securing appropriate educational and employment opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities and related disorders.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
    NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.