Category Archives: Personal Stories

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

The Effects of Stress and Having a Learning Disability

I’ve been writing a speaking around the country on the connection between LD and mental health issues. With upwards of 60% of kids in treatment centers having learning disabilities, the consequences are devastating. While it’s great for kids to have … Continue reading

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Dyslexia Scholarship Finalist Goes From Hopeless to National Speaker and Advocate

. A Dyslexic Wonder This is about Jennifer Smith, a finalist in 2010 for an Ann and Allegra Ford Scholarship, and her story of growth and pain. Terribly and typically teased, she persevered through language training and to the growth … Continue reading

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Navigating Love and Autism

Teenagers and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or with High Functioning Autism need some targeted and extra help understanding and negotiating romantic and sexual relationships. Moving from Social Skills or Social Thinking/Cognition curriculums to dating, sex, love, and adult relationships … Continue reading

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Donna Flagg: Dyslexia Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.

Believe me, this article, “Dyslexia Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” is not some fluffy, syrupy homage to “the gifts of dyslexia.” The author, an entrepreneur and business consultant, who also wrote a book about communicating in … Continue reading

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Don’t Humiliate Struggling Readers

My friend Richard Wanderman, the founder of this LD site, who’s also dyslexic, once told me you have to help remediate difficulties in kids, but also “keep them in the game.” In this article, from the London Evening Standard about … Continue reading

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Emma Jefferies, Ph.D: Defining Dyslexia To Include Cognitive Distinctiveness

Emma Jefferies, is an award winning researcher, designer, educator, writer and more recently, a filmmaker. She also has dyslexia. In a series of videos, she speaks about the challenges and processes she went through while earning her Ph.D (in Design). … Continue reading

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Danny Glover, actor with dyslexia

Danny Glover has been one of my favorite actors for a while. He speaks about his life experiences and dyslexia as well as how he overcame his feelings of inadequacy. I sometimes have mixed feelings about trotting out the celebrities … Continue reading

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Personalizing Dyslexia, Dr. Maryanne Wolf

I know Maryann Wolf is a top scientific researcher and writer about dyslexia. I never realized her own son is dyslexic. In this article, she writes a letter to parents explaining the differences in brain organization.

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Inspirational: Gilles Legacy

I met this guy Gilles today on the Big Island of Hawaii. I bought some of his art work and we spoke a little while. He’s a quadriplegic whose face seemed to beam. Talk about resilience and working through barriers, … Continue reading

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About Sanford

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve just become the owner of this longstanding website, and so I want to tell you a little about myself. I’ve been working with kids for over twenty five years.¬† I settle on … Continue reading

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Bob Kramer, knifemaker

Wonderful story, nicely produced by Jerry Bowen at CBS. The kicker is that Kramer is dyslexic and his struggle with that no doubt routed him into doing things with his hands. [via Jon Moss]

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One Person’s Path to Literacy

¬© 2000 Richard Wanderman   This was written by Richard in about 2000 in which he chronicled his path from school failure to successful artist, writer and educational consultant. ¬†Richard was the founder of this website. “I’m 48 years old, … Continue reading

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