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News & Views - Jun, 1995 Issue #34 

CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

(The following was taken from an essay by Pamela Darr Wright, LCSW, Richmond Virginia, 800-755-1357; E-Mail 75116.364@Compuserve.com; entitled From Emotions To Advocacy: The Parent's Journey, downloaded from CompuServe) 

74% of children who are unsuccessful readers in the third grade are still unsuccessful readers in the ninth grade. (Journal of Child Neurology, January, 1995) 

Only 52% of students identified with learning disabilities will actually graduate with a high school diploma. Learning disabled students drop out of high school at more than twice the rate of their non-disabled peers. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher, December, 1993) 

At least 50% of juvenile delinquents have undiagnosed, untreated learning disabilities. (National Center for State Courts and the Educational Testing Service, 1977) 

31% of adolescents with learning disabilities will be arrested within five years of leaving high school. (National Transition Longitudinal Study, 1991) 

Up to 60% of adolescents who receive treatment for substance abuse disorders have learning disabilities (Hazelden Foundation, Minnesota, 1992) 

62% of learning disabled students were unemployed one year after graduation. (National Longitudinal Transition Study, 1991) 

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