What is a Learning Disability?
A learning disability is a broad term used to refer to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of reading, writing, reasoning, memory or organizational skills. The disorder persists despite instruction in standard classrooms and may exist with other disabling conditions.
To be found eligible as having a Learning Disability, a student in the California Community College system must participate in a battery of tests and exhibit all four of the following attributes:
- Average to above average intellectual ability
- Severe processing deficit
- Severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy
- Measured achievement in an instructional or employment setting.
Note: The DSP at EVC currently does not provide LD testing for students.A learning disability does not apply to learning problems resulting from any impairment or disability that is physical (including vision and hearing), psychological, or health related.