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Etiquette for Use with People Who Have a Learning Disability

When you are with a person who has a learning disability:

  • Understand that the term learning disability is broad and covers many types of learning styles and behavioral differences.
  • Ask a person what accommodation will be most helpful. Then, with the person as partner, try different strategies.
  • Recognize that a person with learning disabilities has limitations, as we all do, and be patient, flexible, and realistic, as we should all be with each other.
  • Ask if they have understood specific information or if the information needs to be communicated in a different way. Ask what works best.
  • Offer encouragement and support...and patience.

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