Learning Disabilities That Affect People's Schooling

Learning Disabilities That Affect People's Schooling

If you don't know most of these or want to make the best of a learning disability, here's this article

If you don't know what a learning disability is, it's a different approach for your mind that makes it difficult to obtain certain ounces of knowledge. Some have it tougher than others while several cases get the chances of having the easy way out. While the professionals mainly focus on the reading, writing and math aspect of the disability, there is more to look at when seeing someone with something like this. These items include motor skills, spoken language, knowing different sounds and visual information.

Some people say it's a true struggle having a disability, and other says it's the best part of who they are. Here are some negative and positive perspective of three common learning disabilities:


These students hate the fact they can't read the same words correctly when shown something off of a friend's social media page, but love the fact they can [potentially] get away with not reading the class textbook. Sometimes the way letters are interpreted in their minds is like the alphabet trying to play tricks on them. Lower case I's can look like lower case L's, O's can look like uppercase D's and so on. Overall friends share every thing with each other, even if it means reading a text message out loud about the person they've been gossiping about for days. They can easily understand how your ability of reading can be difficult because half the time they don't even want to pick up a book. So the feeling of the written word in a book sounds pretty mutual.


For those who hate math, these people probably hate it more than life itself. They can't even look at a math problem without figuring out what number should be equal to what equation. In other words, math problems are their worst nightmare. Even people who like math and try to do it with this disability can be one step down to your success in education. However, not everyone was born with the math gene and tutors were invented for a reason. Time and money are two other things they cannot handle, but that's the part of life everyone can relate to. No one can really know how to keep the money for long periods of time and time itself is very hard to keep up with; it seems to be going faster than us and it needs to stop!


There are some whose handwriting appears as chicken scratch and are actually good at writing stories and papers themselves. Others have the neatest handwriting in the world and have all the writer's block. People with this disability have a hard time putting the written word on a piece of paper. Spelling words out and trying to plan essays are two items they can't do alone, and they say people who procrastinate have this problem because they don't want to write essays because it's not what they signed up for. Those who love to write can hate the fact writer's block hits them all the time thanks to this and it can tare apart a passion they have for it; unless they have a friend who loves it too and can help put the written word on paper. That's where everything will be okay.


Most of us have the capability to walk on our own two feet and only stumble a few times. We can even use our arms and hands to catch a ball or carry in groceries. People who can't do these things very well have this disability; this is one of the few that actually put a physical handicap on themselves in terms of having an incapability to move. In terms of help, they get the help to get their balance and strength back in the arms and legs again unless you were paralyzed in a certain spot of the body down. Either way people with this still get an acceptance level like every other person on this planet, but then again, it could go by their personality since only their movement is a major factor, not who they are on the inside.


This disability doesn't have you translate what one phrase means in Spanish, French, or even Chinese. These people have no idea how to pronounce anything in the English language, or even read it for that matter. We should be lucky we know the vocabulary we do and only misspell words that are out of context in some sentences. We can help these people if they ask us for it; all we have to do is tell them what that word is and both you and that person would feel better about the day.

Auditory and Visual Processing Disorder

Believe it or not, some people joke about a horse saying "quack," after saying the cow says "moo." Although people with auditory processing disorder actually believe it's what they're supposed to say. Or it takes them a while to process what each letter it sounded out like or even take them a minute to process the animal noise itself. We can easily tell them it's not what that sound is for the horse and actually tell them it says "nay!" Even helping them sound it out so they can understand the sound of it would be a factor in all this. Afterwards, you can all sing Old McDonald!

You know the feeling when you watch people lost their glasses or can't wear their contacts one day so everything is blurry? Well, with visual processing disorder they can see, but can't tell what certain objects are. Helping them tell the difference from the Statue of Liberty from the Eiffel Tower can really make a difference.


Most of us have a perfect attention span and only get distracted for a brief second. Those things maybe a person behind you in class being distracted by themselves. This disability is capable of losing track of EVERYTHING and ANYTHING in less than five seconds, or every five seconds if the case is very severe. The only way to get through the day is to go along with the day-to-day distractions and see if you can be fun with them; especially if the distraction is so funny you can NOT hold in your laughter anymore

With any learning disability all you can really do is know the negatives but truly try to focus on how to make everything about it positive.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Second Person Has Achieved Long-Term Remission Of The HIV Virus

A second man has had long term remission of the HIV virus.


Over a decade after the first man, known as the Berlin Patient, was declared HIV-free, another patient may also be cured. Though it's too early for scientists to say for sure, the London Patient has been in a long term remission for around 18 months without the help of medication. Both men were treated with a bone marrow transplant. However, these stem cells carried a rare mutation in the genes that affect the production of the CCR5 protein, which HIV viruses latch onto to enter the cell. The virus cannot latch onto the mutated version of the protein, thus blocking its entry into the cells.

With the transplant of these HIV resistant genes, the body effectively builds a new immune system free of the virus.

After the Berlin Patient went into remission, scientists tried and failed to replicate the cure and were unable to until the London Patient, whose HIV count has reduced into undetectable numbers. While this is extremely helpful, bone marrow transplants are not a viable option to cure all HIV infected people, as it is an extremely risky process and comes with many side effects. Even so, scientists are developing ways to extract bone marrow from HIV infected people, genetically modifying them to produce the same mutations on the CCR5 gene or the inability to express that gene at all, and then replacing it back into the patient so they can still build resistance without the negative effects of a bone marrow transplant. There have also been babies whose genomes have been edited to remove the CCR5 gene, allowing them to grow up resistant to HIV.

This does not eliminate the threat of the HIV virus, however.

There is another strand of the virus, called X4, that uses the CXCR4 protein to enter the cell. Even if the editing of the CCR5 allows immunity against one strand, it is possible for a person to be infected with the X4 strand of the virus. Despite this, immunization against one strand could save a countless number of lives, as well as the vaccine that is currently in the stages of development for HIV. Along with the London Patient, there are 37 other patients who have received bone marrow transplants, six of which from donors without the mutation.

Of these patients, number 19, known as the Dusseldorf Patient, has been off anti-HIV drugs for 4 months. It may not be a complete cure, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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