LD vs. LD…what’s the difference?

LD (Learning Disability):

learn·ing dis·a·bil·i·ty  (Noun)

A condition giving rise to difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills to the normal level expected of those of the same age.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

You see the term ‘learning disability’ assumes that those with a learning disability (or those who learn differently) are unable to learn. However, that is not the case. In fact, people that have a ‘learning disability’ do not have the inability to learn, they just learn differently. Moreover, one with a ‘learning disability’ thinks abstractly in such a way, that their ability to attain knowledge either visually, kinesthetically, and auditory, are greatly heightened.Also, those with ‘learning disabilities’ may not necessarily gain knowledge in a specific subject ‘normally (depending on the LD) or compared to the average learner. However, they can excel in other learning traits that should thrive and be nurtured by family and friends. One should be focused on their abilities and talents, not their ‘disability’.

LD (Learning Difference):

learn·ing dif·fer·ence (Noun)

The diverse or different way of learning, and/or processing given information in which, pertains to curriculum.


The term ‘learning difference’ assumes that one learns differently, apart from the status quo. So we learn differently, what’s the big deal? Not much actually. So we process information differently. Is that so bad? No, it isn’t. The fact of the matter is that having a learning disability means that you learn differently. You have the capability to learn. In fact, learning differently is the result of having a learning disability. Sure, it’s hard for some of us to understand certain things, but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand anything.

So what’s the LD Difference?

The conclusion is that ‘learning disability’ and ‘learning difference’ are subsequently the same thing, the difference is that ‘learning disability’ infers that one is unable to learn, which is well…rude and insensitive, also sending the wrong message. What’s the wrong message? The wrong message is telling people that those who have an LD are incapable of learning, which we now know is false. Therefore, say: ‘learning difference’ because we learn differently and there’s nothing wrong with that!