Category Archives: Personal Stories

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

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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Navigating Life On Campus When You’re On The Autism Spectrum

From NPR Series “Been There” Adjusting to college campus life can be particularly challenging when you struggle with the mechanics of social life because of underlying social thinking challenges endemic to students on the Autism Spectrum. Life On Campus When … Continue reading

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A Scientist with a Learning Disability

“Dr. Collin Diedrich has a Ph.D in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a 2nd year postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research focuses on how HIV increases … Continue reading

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Meet Jack, my friend and former student

Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities website published an interview with new high school freshman, Jack. NCLD interviews Jack, who is dyslexic, as a real success story. And while that’s true, there’s a story and history to Jack becoming … Continue reading

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

A few weeks ago my mom passed away and I haven’t felt much like writing or blogging. However that’s changed now. I want to connect the dots from something she emphasized to me a while back, and the whole idea … Continue reading

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Is Dyslexia a Gift?

In response to an earlier post and video by Dr. Russell Barkley called ADHD is Not a Gift, Katarina, a mother of a teenaged son with dyslexia, sent in a comment that I thought was so good I asked her … Continue reading

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Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and Self-Harming Behaviors

Over the years, lots of deserved attention has been given to celebrities and otherwise successful people who have dyslexia and/or other learning disabilities. This is a good thing. I do it myself. So do other excellent sites such as the … Continue reading

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Personal Experiences with Learning Disabilities: From the Mouths of Students

This past summer I worked with a group of upper elementary and middle school-aged boys, all of whom have dyslexia. I love to have small groups sometimes, rather than one on one tutorials, because the kids seem to love it … Continue reading

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Steven Spielberg Discusses his Dyslexia with Quinn Bradlee

Quinn Bradlee, a fascinating young man and worthy of interest in and of himself, interviewed filmmaker and director Steven Spielberg about learning disabilities, dyslexia, teasing, and the ways to cope. Watch the video here. It turns out that Mr. Speilberg … Continue reading

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A Tale of Mental Illness

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The Beautiful Impact a Dyslexia Diagnosis Can Have

Today I was part of the beautiful impact a diagnosis of dyslexia can have for a young teenage girl. For her, the information was freeing because it gave her context. It doesn’t always work out this well. But today it … Continue reading

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