BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s learning disabilities awareness month, and they’re often considered hidden disabilities.  Some of the most common include difficulty with basic reading and language skills, and it affects people of all ages.

According to the National Institutes of Health, fifteen percent of the U.S population or one in seven Americans have some type of learning disability and as many as 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have reading problems.

Dsylexia and dysgraphia are some of the most common,

Local agencies like the Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York offer a variety of programs to help people work through those challenges.

“I think people sometimes struggle and get lost there’s a high percentage of people incarcerated, lots of people drop out of school and education programs because of learning disabilites where if they get the help they need they can maybe succeed,” said Marc Henig, Learning Disabilities Association of WNY Deputy Executive Director.

Through the Learning Disabilites Association of WNY people can get job coaching and certification tutoring services. The level of disability will determine eligibility for specific programs. For more information go to: http://www.ldaofwny.org/nys-certification-training