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The impact of learning disabilities on adulthood: a review of the evidenced-based literature for research and practice in adult education.

Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Education, Department of Special Education and Disability Studies, Richmond, VA 23284-2020, USA.
Journal of learning disabilities (Impact Factor: 1.77). 11/2011; 45(1):31-46. DOI: 10.1177/0022219411426858
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ABSTRACT It is now well established that learning disabilities (LD) persist into the adult years, yet despite a developing literature base in this area, there is a paucity of evidence-based research to guide research and practice. Consistent with the demands of the adult stage of development, autonomy and self-determination are crucial to quality-of-life issues to adults in general, and specifically to adults with LD. There are many areas of functioning in which adults need to adapt successfully, such as employment, family, social and emotional, daily living routines, community, and recreation and leisure. In essence, there are a myriad of challenges and outcomes as adults navigate the trials and tribulations of LD as it manifests itself into adulthood. This review of the extant evidence-based literature seeks to discover relevant knowledge that can be shared with practitioners who serve adults with LD in a variety of professional and volunteer roles, particularly in adult education settings.

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