Archive for the ‘Learning Disabilities’ Category

July 7, 2010

“This Hidden World I Embrace”

Since she was diagnosed with dyslexia in fourth grade, Neena Holzman has blossomed into an original thinker and artist, recently finishing high school with a 3.8 unweighted GPA. In an extraordinary personal essay, she writes that "Dyslexia has expanded my world rather than constricted it.

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June 14, 2010

The Power of Dyslexic Thinking

Is dyslexia a gift in disguise? And if so, are we obscuring that gift by “fixing” dyslexic kids into a “normal” mode based purely on reading, writing and math skills? Robert Langston thinks so -- and as a third-generation dyslexic person who gets 85 percent of his knowledge from listening, he is also worth listening to.

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April 1, 2010

A Parent’s Perspective

"I hope we're coming to a period where our country is enlightened enough to help all children, regardless of their needs, to be successful. I don’t think we've reached that level of civilization yet."  

As President of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), James Cibulka is well qualified to make such an assessment. But Cibulka is also the father of a severely dyslexic child -- and it is from that personal perspective that he spoke out at RFB&D's Access and Achievement Roundtable.

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March 23, 2010

Late Bloomer Finds Life’s Color

"If you asked me to sing and dance, I would gladly sing and dance. But if you asked me to read out loud, I would just crumble." 

In the nearly 20 years since she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the age of 35, Michele Shepherd has become a vibrant advocate for lifelong education and learning through listening. After the RFB&D Roundtable last month, we sat down to capture her thoughts on access, independence, and self-esteem.

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March 7, 2010

Independence: Reclaiming Lost Time

This week, our series of entries will continue with brief statements around the theme of independence, as voiced by participants at RFB&D's Access and Achievement Roundtable.

18-year-old Alyssa Lang hails from Jacksonville, Florida. She was diagnosed with dyslexia as a junior in high school after many frustrating years of testing miscues in the education community. Up to that point, she had been struggling to compensate by literally memorizing every word she encountered – a herculean effort that many dyslexics will attest to. After joining RFB&D, Alyssa graduated with a 4.31 GPA and now attends the University of Notre Dame. Here, she remarks on how access to assistive materials has made a major difference in her life.

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