Learning Disabilities – Definitions and overviews

The adolescent and adult neuro-diversity handbook: Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and related conditions.
Sarah Hendrickx. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2010.
» Each chapter focuses on a particular neurological difference, its history, its causes and characteristics, implications for adults and teens, diagnosis and assessment, treatments and approaches, and strategies for self-support or providing support.  Includes autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Tourette’s, OCD and anxiety disorders. Also looks at possible supports in learning and working environments.

Adults with learning disabilities: a review of the literature. (Online)
Mary Ann Corley and Juliana M. Taymans. Vol. 3, Chapter 3 of Review of Adult Learning and Literacy. Boston, MA: NCSALL, 2002.
Available at http://www.ncsall.net/?id=575
» This literature review of 98 references published between 1989 and 2000 is organized into two broad categories: what we know about adults with LD and how we serve adults with LD.

Approaching difficulties in literacy development: assessment, pedagogy and programmes.
Felicity Fletcher-Campbell, Janet Soler & Gavin Reid.   Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2009.
» Looks at the complexity of learning difficulties, showing how it is necessary to accommodate a wide range of issues.

Dancing in the dark: how do adults with little formal education learn? 
Marina Niks et al. Nanaimo, BC: Malaspina University College, 2003.
Also available online at http://www.en.copian.ca/library/research/dark/cover.htm

Handbook of learning disabilities.
H. Lee Swanson, Karen R. Harris & Steve Graham. New York: Guilford Press, 2003.
» This book reviews the major theoretical, methodological, and instructional advances in the field of learning disabilities from the 1980s to the early twenty first century.

Landscape of literacy and disability.
Ezra B.W. Zubrow et al. Toronto, ON: Canadian Abilities Foundation, 2009.
» This resource contains maps of literacy and disability in Canada.

Learning disabilities: a guide for educators who work with adult learners. 
Nunavut, Literacy Council. Cambridge Bay: Nunavut Literacy Council, 2004.
Also available online at http://www.nunavutliteracy.ca/english/resource/ld/guide/ldguide-en.pdf
» This guide offers an official definition of learning disabilities, excerpts from Pat Hatt’s publications on learning disabilities, case histories of Nunavut learners, fact sheets on learning disabilities, FASD and ADD, and a resource list.

Learning disabilities: A to Z: a complete guide to learning disabilities from preschool to adulthood.
Corinne Smith & Lisa Strick. New York: Free Press, 2010.
» Readable and comprehensive, this guide includes information on education, social and emotional growth, and planning for life after school.  Written for parents.

Learning disabilities and related mild disabilities: teaching strategies and new directions.
Janet W. Lerner & Beverley H. Johns. Belmont, CA: Cengage-Wadsworth, 2010.
» This textbook describes the characteristics of learning disabilities as well as various mild disabilities, and offers teaching strategies for general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, and other related professionals.

Learning to achieve: a review of the research literature on serving adults with learning disabilities.
Juliana M. Taymans et al. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy, 2009.
Also available online at http://www.nifl.gov/publications/pdf/L2ALiteratureReview09.pdf
» This literature review was the foundation document for the “Learning to Achieve” program which replaces previous Bridges to Practice training for practitioners serving adults with disabilities.  Topics include assessment, English language learners, accommodations, teaching methods, transition, and impact of LD.

Literacy and disabilities. Factsheet. (Online)
Movement for Canadian Literacy, 2004.
Available at http://www.literacy.ca/themes/mcl/PDF/litforlife/disabili.pdf

Neurodiversity: discovering the extraordinary gifts of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other brain differences.
Thomas Armstrong. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Lifelong, 2010.
» Offers current research on how people with neurological differences such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders have gifts and abilities.

On their own: creating an independent future for your adult child with learning disabilities and ADHD: a family guide.
Anne Ford. New York: Newmarket Press, 2007.
» This is a guide for families preparing adult children with learning disabilities for the future.

Special Issue on Learning Disabilities. (Online)
Focus on Basics, Vol. 8, iss. D. 2007.  Available at http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/fob/2007/fob_8d.pdf
» Includes research and practice issues related to dyslexia and neurobiology, ESOL learners, universal design (designing learning environments accessible to all learners).

Strategies for success. (Online)
Cheryl Nicholson, Shirley Stone, & Lorraine Kaczor. Winnipeg, Man.: LiteracyWorks, 2003.
Available at http://www.nald.ca/library/research/strategies/cover.htm

Understanding difficulties in literacy development: issues and concepts.
Janet Soler, Felicity Fletcher-Campbell & Gavin Reid. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2009.
» Includes readings on self-concept and dyslexia, and the cultural work of learning disabilities.