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Learning Differences

Learning Disabilities: Telling a New Story

Todd Kestin | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

I was diagnosed with a learning disability in first grade, and every day for ten years after I struggled in every way imaginable.

Thank You, Mrs. Lee

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.17.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

In 1971 I was in the first grade and miserable. I was accustomed to getting very positive attention from the adults around me. My teacher, Mrs. Lee, was the first adult I encountered that didn't seem to care for me at all.

Access, Equity and Education: The ADA at 25

Matt Kramer | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Matt Kramer

The ADA changed the game for our students and teachers with disabilities. It sought to give them -- and all Americans with disabilities -- access to public buildings, transportation systems, and sidewalks, and universally designed these spaces to be inclusive of all.

Are You in Your Right Mind?

Beverley Golden | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Beverley Golden

Up until recently our world has been a left brain dominant one, yet I see that things are rapidly changing. More and more thought leaders talk about how right brain creatives will rule the world.

Down the Rabbit Hole Again in Search of a Diagnosis

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared for what the next few weeks and months may bring. I want the best for my son, and I want him to have a happy life. I know that by sharing our story, it may mean that at least one other family may know they're not alone. And isn't that what these awareness campaigns are all about?

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.

How a Change in Schools Transformed My ADHD Son's Educational Path

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Dean Dauphinais

If you have a child who struggles in public school because of a learning difference, please don't give up. Explore other options. Find an alternative school that will recognize your child's potential, maximize it, and allow them to achieve great things.

Learning Differences in College: When Students Seek Help and When They Don't

Amanda Golden | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Amanda Golden

By the time students reach college, they are familiar with the kinds of challenges that their own learning differences present for their ways of study. Rather than trying to get special assistance, many students prefer to "just deal with it" on their own.

Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Matt Kramer

My ADHD hasn't held me back from a fulfilling personal and professional life. Students who learn differently from the way most schools teach today often aren't so lucky, and the moral and economic costs to our country are staggering. It doesn't have to be that way.

Lessons Learned as an Educator

Paul Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Paul Singer

For nearly 35 years I have had the honor of serving as head of school at two private schools, one in Los Angeles, the other in Honolulu. My time as an educator has provided me with experiences and insights that I hadn't anticipated at the beginning of my career.

The Real World

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Mary Ellen Jukoski

You have likely heard people make a distinction between college and "the real world" as if campuses existed in some artificial, bubble dimension that insulates students and faculty from worldly concerns. To borrow a phrase from the vernacular: "Get real!"

It's Called Dyslexia

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

A diagnosis of dyslexia is not the end of the world. In fact it can be the beginning of a beautiful journey because as you learn to deal with the obstacles, you also discover the gifts that a dyslexic brain has that open doors to an amazing future.

6 Awesome Apps for World Autism Awareness Day

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

These six apps and sites are a few of the communication and social interaction tools that can be fun and effective for kids with autism.

WATCH: 'It's Hard To Tell Where The Traits Defined As Asperger's End And The Rest Of My Personality Begins'

Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Last week, we heard from Quinn Bradlee, CEO of FriendsOfQuinn.com, an online information hub and social platform for young adults with learning disabi...

'Independence' Is The Scariest Word: My Life With Learning Disabilities

Quinn Bradlee | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Quinn Bradlee

So many folks with learning differences are too afraid to tell their story. I'm willing to tell mine. Maybe if I open up about my problems, no matter how embarrassing they might be, other people with learning disabilities might feel free to open up about theirs.

Stand Up, Speak Out: Despite Challenges, High School Students Confront Bullying

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Saumya Arya Haas

Gabe Aderhold, a student at Edina High School, talked about approaching conservative elected officials and asking if he, as a gay teen, deserved the same protection as other kids.