Category Archives: Social Issues and Ideas

Articles on various social issues affecting people with learning disabiliies plus relevant links external to this site.

The Battle Rages: Phonological Versus Visual Causes of LD and Dyslexia

I’m weighing in on the on-going and often heated debate about whether there’s justification to include Vision Training or Therapy in treating dyslexia.  There’s a fierce intellectual hubris and territorialism among those who diagnose and treat.   In addition, parents … Continue reading

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Prescribing Medication for Poverty and Poorly Performing Schools, not ADHD?

This disturbing article in today’s NY Times, describes a trend (?) by some doctors who are reportedly prescribing ADHD medications for kids who clearly do not suffer from AD/HD. Sometimes doctors are apparently prescribing meds knowing that the patient-child does … Continue reading

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The Power of Work and Direction

(Image credit: Jason DeCrow) I saw this great news segment on ABC the other night about this then-young-man, who fled warn-torn Yugoslavia for America, and who now at the age of 52, earned his degree from Columbia University. Be sure … Continue reading

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Do Better! Learning Disabilities and Therapeutic Interventions

Despite the compelling and alarming statistics on the impact Learning Disabilities (LD) has on the mental health of our youth, there remains a great need to better understand the relationships between language-based LDs, Autism Spectrum, and depression, substance abuse, and … 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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Loving our Children with Learning Disabilities

Too often we as educators and parents, get hyper-focused on the things our/your kids can’t do or struggle with. Even with the best of intentions, adults lose perspective. We run the risk of trying so hard, too hard, to squeeze … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ Legacy

There’s plenty of posts and testimonials about Steve Jobs, as there should be. I wanted to say here how much he truly did for the worldwide community of people with various disabilities and learning differences. Apple’s ease of use and … Continue reading

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Misleading Headlines about Dyslexia Studies

I get angry when I read headlines that either intentionally mislead and inflame people about anything. Sometimes it’s done out of some form of laziness.  In this case the headlines and reporting are about dyslexia. There’s been a recent study … Continue reading

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Sanford on LA Talk Radio: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Yesterday I spoke with LA Talk Radio host Lon Woodbury on his show, “Parent Choices For Struggling Teens.” The show was called “Learning Disabilities or Therapy: You Shouldn’t Have to Choose”. Speaking to the integration of best practices between Learning … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: “Dislecksia the Movie”

I’ve heard great things about Harvey Hubbell’s upcoming movie and am looking forward to seeing it. I always wonder however, how anyone knows whether or not Einstein was really dyslexic. I wish folks would rely on people they are sure … Continue reading

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Dyslexia and Entrepreneuring” Study

The study mentioned in this article in Bloomberg Business Week, is apparently given some mention and explanation in the new HBO documentary, “Journey Into Dyslexia.”. From the Cass Business School in London, the study draws a link between having dyslexia … Continue reading

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Are Dyslexics Better Visionaries?

Do people with dyslexia make better business visionaries? Apparently, one of the themes of the new HBO documentary, “Journey into Dyslexia” is the reported link between dyslexia and successful entrepreneurship. This opens up so many cans of worms to discuss. … Continue reading

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