Roeland Park School offers free session to learn about learning disabilities

ROELAND PARK, Kan. - A Roeland Park School is helping parents and community members better understand learning disabilities.

According to Horizon Academy in Roeland Park, which specializes in education for children with learning disabilities, a growing number of children are being diagnosed with learning disabilities, and yet many adults don't know how to help.

An estimated 4.67 million Americans (ages six and older) have a learning disability. However, 55 percent of Americans believe corrective eyewear can treat certain learning disabilities, and 2/3 of Americans do not know what dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia are.

According to Horizon Academy, "For a country so heavily affected by learning disabilities, there's still a lot to learn."

On Thursday, Horizon Academy will be hosting a free Learning Disability Simulation event from 7-9 p.m. The entire simulation takes only about 10 minutes.

The simulation will provide an opportunities for community members to experience first-hand what it is like to have a learning disability through six different simulation stations.

The event is often eye-opening for parents and grandparents.

"We have had people get really upset. Some people have cried. When they really figure out what their child or grandchild or siblings have been going through all this time, then they feel for them and that empathy piece is what we are looking for," explained Julie Altman, vice principal at Horizon Academy.

Parents and community members will be assigned simple tasks, but will be challenged to complete them through obstacles that children with disabilities frequently encounter.

The event will be held at Horizon Academy, 4901 Reinhardt Drive, in the Activity Room. All adults are welcome.

Those interested can call the school at 913-789-9443.

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