Now more than ever, people with learning and visual disabilities are flourishing in the classroom, launching productive careers and becoming assets in their communities. This blog spotlights remarkable individuals who demonstrate that having a visual or print disability is no barrier to educational success.
March 8, 2017 by Mir Ali
Awareness. Making sure everyone else knows weaknesses don't define us either or limit us. We can find ways to flow around rocks, and that only makes us stronger.
Categories: Disability Type, Learning Disabilities, Parenting, Uncategorized
March 1, 2017 by Mir Ali
Categories: Featured, Students, Uncategorized
February 28, 2017 by Mir Ali
Advocating for your child is hard. Learning the proper words to use. The laws. The rights. Trying to predict your child's needs. Being careful to not cross the line between accommodating a need and enabling helplessness. You think you've finally got it right and then BOOM, not working. So you pivot. You change things up for the 78th time. You make calls you don't want to make. You send emails you don't want to send. You are the voice of someone who has not yet found theirs and it's your duty to make sure they're heard. It's uncomfortable. It makes you unpopular with some. You feel like you're a bother. You feel like everyone thinks you're overreacting, overbearing, a crazy mom. Truth is even without 100's of pages of testing and documents to prove you are none of the above it still hurts when you hear the condescending tone, see the eye roll and know that several people have discussed how to "handle" the situation before you show up. It's intimidating. They discuss with you a "student" but they forget that you grew this human being INSIDE YOUR BODY. That you wished for her and dreamt a million dreams of her, her future, who she'd grow to be. But you never expected this part. The challenges she faces daily, how very much it affects every area of her life. How inadequate it makes you feel that you can't fix it, that you can't carry that burden for her. They see a struggling student wrapped up in a beautiful package. I see a beautifully complicated old soul, compassionate, resilient, creative with so many gifts to share. Gifts that don't fit into any curriculum. To them she's one of many. To me she's everything. She deserves someone who will go to bat for her over and over again. Someone who believes that she's capable of so much more. Someone that will make sure that she's working to her full potential. Someone that is willing to show up. Even when it's scary. Even when it's unknown. Even when it's easier not to. Every child deserves that much. About the Author: Courtney Jager is a mom of three, amateur advocate, and an essential oil educator. As a Learning Ally parent, she is a part of our Learning Ally family.
Learning Ally is a national non-profit that serves students who have print disabilities, like dyslexia or visual impairment. To find out ways you can help, log onto LearningAlly.org
He adds, “Every job I have ever had, including my volunteer work, has engaged me in educating people, helping people. I am very happy that I can use God’s gifts to serve others.”
February 21, 2017 by Mir Ali
The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing a patient smile when told they are, in fact, very intelligent and that their reading difficulties/differences are a manifestation of brain differences, not deficiencies.
Additionally, Learning Ally is actually therapeutic in that it works the neural systems related to reading including left to right visual tracking and symbolic identification through highlighting the text as the words are read. Left to right tracking and symbolic naming are foundational neurocognitive process in reading.