Definitions

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which a person has trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks, tend to act without thinking, and has trouble sitting still. It may begin early childhood and can continue into adulthood. Without treatment, ADHD can cause problems at home, school, at work, and with relationships. In the past, ADHD was called attention deficit disorder (ADD). (HealthLinkBC, 2017)

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities (LDs) are specific neurological disorders that affect the way a person stores, understands, retrieves and/or communicates information. People with learning disabilities are intelligent and have abilities to learn despite difficulties in processing information and a pattern of uneven abilities.

LDs are invisible and lifelong.

LDs can occur with other disorders (ADHD, etc.) and may run in families.

LDs are NOT the same as intellectual disability, autism, deafness, blindness, behavioural disorders or laziness.

LDs are not the result of economic disadvantage, environmental factors or cultural differences.

Living with a learning disability can have an ongoing impact on friendships, school, work, self-esteem and daily life.

People with LDs can succeed when solid coping skills and strategies are developed.

(Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, 2017)