About Learning Disabilities

What is a learning disability?

At Horizon Academy, we intentionally use the term “learning disabilities.” We embrace the definition of a learning disability put forth by the National Center for Learning Disabilities which reads, “learning disabilities are more than a difference or difficulty with learning—it is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information.”  Furthermore, “learning disabilities are a group of disorders that can impact many areas of learning including reading, writing, spelling, math, listening, oral expression, and the development of effective and appropriate social skills.”


A true learning disability can negatively impact a person’s opportunity to succeed at home, at school, or at work. If a child’s educational journey has led them to Horizon Academy, they most likely have a learning disability, not a learning difference.


We encourage you to visit our Facebook Page, where you will find some great articles and resources about learning disabilities. We also hope you will join us for some of our Learning Disabilities Series events this year so that we can continue learning and growing together

 Did you know:

  • 1 of 5 people in the U.S. has a learning disability
  • 2.9 M school-aged children in the U.S. are classified as having a specific learning disability and receive special education support. Over 70,000 of these students are in the Kansas City metro area.
  • 80% of students identified with a learning disability have a primary deficit in the area of reading.
  • 2/3 of secondary students with learning disabilities are 3 grade levels behind in reading.