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Learning Disability Resources

The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS)

Learning Disability Resources

The following resources were assembled in order to assist students, faculty and staff. Please note that CCNY and the AAC/SDS do not guarantee or validate the services of outside organizations and programs but provide this information for reference purposes and convenience.


A Learning Disability (LD) is an umbrella term that refers to a wide range of conditions that affect a person’s experience in areas such as memory, organization, reading, writing, and math. Students may experience an impact in just one area or in several. Learning disabilities do not indicate or affect a person’s intelligence; rather, they impact the way a person processes information. This can cause differences or challenges in the way information is received, communicated, or retained. Though many people with a learning disability excel at school and work, learning disabilities can contribute to obstacles in these arenas, as well as in social interactions and engagement. The diagnosis of a LD is made by a qualified professional (e.g. a psychologist, psychiatrist or LD specialist) and includes analyzing information from a person’s developmental, medical, and educational history. Learning disabilities are estimated to impact between 10-20% of the population, 6-7% severely. Individuals with diagnosed learning disabilities have legal rights that include equal access to learning environments and opportunities.(Adapted from

AAC/SDS Learning Disability Resources and Information

The AAC/SDS provides a variety of accommodations and other services for students with learning disabilities.  These include exam accommodations, accessible text conversion, Assistive Technology (AT), referrals, and personal counseling and group workshops to help students enhance their study-skills and time management. Referral to outside resources, LD evaluators and learning specialist are also available. The AAC/SDS staff is also available as a resource to all faculty/staff supporting students with LD.

Potential Accommodations, Services and Opportunities for CCNY Students with LD:

  • Examples of Accommodations (determined on an individualized basis):

o   Note-taking services

o   Permission to record lectures and loan of recording devices

o   Exam accommodations such as extended time or a reduced distraction environment

o   Use of Assistive Technology

  • Personal and Academic Counseling
  • AccessText:  source for accessible versions of text books in accessible formats
  • Bookshare: source for accessible version of text books in accessible formats
  • Learning Ally: the world’s largest collection of human-narrated audiobooks
  • Referral Lists of LD Evaluators
  • Training in Assistive Technology
  • Scholarships and Fellowships: Many scholarships for students with LD are listed on the AAC/SDS’ Scholarship Page

Please see links below to external LD resources :

CUNY LD Resources

Facts about Learning Disabilities and Related Organizations

Additional Resources for Students: Assistive Technology and Services

Additional Resources for Faculty and Staff