Category Archives: Personal Stories

Personal essays on growing up with a learning disability and related issues plus relevant links external to this site.

Conversations on Retirement and the Nature of Work.

The other day I got a call from Derek Jeter, Hall of Fame New York Yankee baseball player. Me: “Derek, what’s up?” Derek; Dude, “Are you retired or what? I can’t figure you out.”  Me: “Look who’s talking, heh heh. … Continue reading

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Dr. Helen Taussig, Pediatric Cardiology Leader, Dyslexic

“Dr. Helen Taussig was the founder of the field of pediatric cardiology. She overcame opposition to become a preeminent cardiologist and physician. Despite severe dyslexia and discrimination because of her gender, Taussig obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins in … Continue reading

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Privilege is not Always Protection

Kate Middleton’s Brother James Reveals His Struggle With Depression, Dyslexia and ADD The coin is sharp and two-sided:  We know that people with learning disabilities and developmental differences can have tremendous lives, professional success, great fulfillment and joy. There is … Continue reading

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Richard Wanderman Passes

                                  Photo Credit: Joy Brown Last week we lost a one of a kind in Richard Wanderman. Richard was the founder of this site … Continue reading

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Dream Big

Michael Cammarata discusses ignoring negative messages of failure and instead despite his dyslexia-related school struggles, became a highly successful serial entrepreneur. Support the dreams of your child with Learning Differences My family motivated me to do things differently: they encouraged … Continue reading

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Kids are Kids

Working with kids is about the best thing I could ever do and I’ve been lucky to do just that for my whole work life. Starting out working with kids in Australia, I began to see that children and teenagers … Continue reading

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Learn What You’re Good At

I’ve been working in the field of literacy and learning differences for a long time. And over the course of these years I became so good at helping students improve their weaknesses that it took a while for me to … Continue reading

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Love, Intimate Relationships and Autism

This is a post from a few year back that remains highly relevant, so I thought I’d repost: Teenagers and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or with High Functioning Autism need some targeted and extra help understanding and negotiating romantic … Continue reading

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“You’re Never Too Old to Have a Happy Childhood”

                      Sitting at a desk alongside two of his grandchildren, Kimani Maruge first attended school in 2004 at the age of 84.   Great examples of older people living joyfully … Continue reading

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Lost in My Mind, A Stanley Cup Winner’s Struggle with Dyslexia

Lost in My Mind This article (link above) hit home, and is one of the best and most honest accounts of the reality that many kids, teens, and adults with dyslexia face. Even a successful athlete, reaching the pinnacle of … Continue reading

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Dyslexia: Learning to Read in your Native Language is a Little Like Learning A Second Language

                  Feeling and knowing something experientially is different than hearing about it or only understanding it intellectually. You could be super bright and intelligent, but when your reading is marked by slow and inefficient … Continue reading

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Nike Designer Says Dyslexia is a Gift

Nike Runner and Chief Designer on his sense of  dyslexia and design. Nike designer says dyslexia is a gift YOU HAVE A LOT OF LOOSE BITS OF PAPER AND SKETCHES IN THIS OFFICE. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DRAW? Sneakers, … Continue reading

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