People with learning disabilities may have had long-term difficulty in reading, writing, spelling, and/or mathematical concepts, but their verbal skills may far exceed those academic skills. Sometimes they need some “think time” to respond to a question, retrieve information or solve a problem, and/or have difficulty recalling and integrating spoken information.
In an academic or professional setting, people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have difficulty sustaining attention and following through on instructions or completing a task; tend to lose things easily; frequently forget appointments; often interrupt or intrude on others; blurt out answers before questions have been completed; appear restless; seem not to listen when spoken to directly; and tend to be active and creative.
In cases of learning disorders, ADHD, and/or psychiatric disabilities, people may not be aware that there are treatments and accommodations available for the symptoms that are interfering with their lives.
When you suspect a person may have a disability
1. Seek assistance. The following resources are available to help you.
- Educational Access Center (208) 426-1583
- University Health Services (208) 426-1459
- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (208) 426-1616
2. Submit a Care Report.
- Speak to the person in private about your concerns.
- Acknowledge the difficulties the person is experiencing.
- Ask the person if s/he has a disability.
- Assume the person knows that s/he may qualify for assistance.
- Assume the person wants to receive assistance from the Disability Resource Center.
- Pressure the person to acknowledge his/her disability.
- Speak to the person in a derogatory manner.
Submit a Care Report