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So We are Close to Thanksgiving... what am I most Thankful I learned from being dyslexic

So I talk a lot about disability as something you always feel. You know the good parts about it and the bad parts about it. At least I should say a learning disability. In Terry Goodkind's series the sword of truth he talks about the fact that you alway know magic is with you. That even when you aren't using it you feel it as a part of you. I feel that way about LD and Terry Goodkind is LD as well so I have been wondering if that is some how related to his disability.
People routinely talk about a cure for LD, I am always trying to figure out what the cure would fix. I know so much of my brain and how I think is because of my disability if you fix that who am I. Is it really possible to be me with out this disability. I do sometimes think if I could of found a cure before I knew the disability exsisted maybe I wouldn't know who I have become to be with out the cure.
Then I see people who weren't able to be reached by someone and I wonder what it is. Is the reaching out…

Teachers and administrators: the good the bad and the ugly 1

So as all students with disabilies and parents of SWDs know that school and getting accomodations can suck. You fight for it all and hope, that something will happen that will work. Sometimes it is really discrimination, it is agaist the law and someone needs to do something for it to change, however when you are going through it you aren't thinking about the change you are thinking my kid or I needs accomodations!!! So how do you do it? I think the one thing I have learned most in this process is each teacher needs a different thing to have it work, here are some basic examples:
What's your story?: Some need you to have a little story time with them(you don't ever have to legally) they need to know the whys as much as I don't think you should have to sometimes once they know this it is like oh okay of course.
Education: Some have no clue about accomodations and you need walk them through it. Every part of it. This maybe giving them books about your disabilities or walk…

Books and Moviie/TV show Sugestions 1#

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So many people collect and read books, my focus is disability books I try to read as many as I possibly can. I find as many as I can. They are not just LD books but for this first section of suggestions I am going to talk about LD and disability in general books.
The Cosby Show - Season 1 - This tv show is probably the most relatable to people with learning disabilities. Bill Cosby's kid was dyslexic and so I find the portrayl of theo as having dyslexia to be the truest to real life I have ever seen. Through out the show there are clear signs of the dyslexia, then he is diagnosised in his freshmen year of college. It really shows the excitement I talked about of not being dumb, it is very true to my experience at least even though Theo finds out in College. It even eventually shows him working with kids and helping to connect one to services for students with dyslexia. While it isn't something that is always talked about on the show I think it shows something really unique cau…

Reading....

I was told time and time again that I wouldn't like reading. I love reading. I love going into a world where it is me in this completly new world adventure where I can go anywhere and do anything. I love that wether I am am waiting for a bus or in my bed right before I go to bed I can go anywhere. I love that it feels like you are with a group of friends no matter where you go. I love the feel of a book exspecially an old book that you are on an adventure that so many people have gone on before. I love reading my friends favorite books because I think it really tells you about them, their hopes, their dreams, or even what they are most affraid of.
I think one of the things that people get wrong when teaching people how to read is they stop reading to them. While growing up even when I was starting to read, I was still being read to untill I could read chapter books. First it was the little kid books, then it was boxcar children, the chronicle of narnia, and eventually the hobit. T…

LD... The work begins

So, the first thing that happens is you learn about these things called accomodations. In grade school a lot of it was spelling not counting on no spelling tests. Maybe a little extra time and also for the first couple of years having my teacher not use red pen when checking my paper so it looked less like a glob of red writing that was completly covered.
I also got a tutor and my mom started learning all these different techniques to use on me. One that I remember quiet visably was having flashcard that had all one sound so it would be Sh-ell, Sh-oe, ect and each ending or begining had it's one set of cards. Others were very exact ways of studing if I was studying spelling first day of the week way just flash cards, second day, flashcards and a quiz, third day flash cards quiz and writing out words I got wrong 5 times each, 4th day 3 quizes and writing the ones I got wrong 10 times each. If I got through that a B or C on a spelling test, if it was a half week C, D, or F. We use…

What did it mean...

I quickly learned more of what it meant, this diagnosis. One of the things, I think that is so paramount to the world of an LD person is that every process, any point, any task or work, has a multiple of parts. That no task is just a task, reading is not just reading; It is looking at words, understanding the meaning of the words, being able to pronounce them, recognizing the words, and comprehending them.. to name a few. All of those parts have different meaning for a dyslexic, we maybe able to understand a paragraph and have no clue how to decifer individual meanings or words or how to pronouce them. To look at these as one whole is a failing of many that try to understand us.
The diagnosis was an auditory, kenetic, and visual dyslexia. The auditory part means I hear things differently I flip words and parts of words around in my ears as well as my eyes. Hearing something and understanding the proper pronunciation may take longer.
The kenetic part means I have a very hard time with …

So okay how did this start for you?

I want to start off with I entered school the year Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA)was passed. I know there were other laws that included people with disabilities starting in the 1970s before that but these laws I feel are parts of the major improvements I have seen through out my lifetime. So growing up as some one with a learning disability was not something most people were aware of. People usually did not get diagnosised as early as me. I also was in a Catholic school.... which did somethings good and some things not so good... the special ed part of it wasn't really there.
Also any blogs or publications I was reading about people with disabilities, went like this I was dumb, I had this problem and this prolem and my teachers hated me and then I found out I had a disability when I was in college or at earliest high school. Sometimes even when their kid was diagnosised with a disability. I never really related to thi…

Welcome and let's start at the very begining....

I have been looking around the web and I have been finding that most the blogs I find about people with Learning Disabilities are by parents or doctors. I am not a parent or a doctor, I am someone with LD and I also don't think the being LD is this horrible negative thing. It is who I am for as long as I can remember. The few memories I have of before I was diagnosised are primarly negative because I thought I was stupid. The diagnosises was prof I was smart and as down as I get knowing that being LD means you have a deficet between what you are capable and your product. The what you are capable meant I was always smarter than I felt. That is a pretty good feeling cause you are always smarter you just need to find ways to show that.
I am not a fan of no diagnosis, of calling people differently abled, learning difference, DisAbility, and any other termonology along those lines. When I talk about my disability I talk in terms of LD, Dyslexia, disability, and ADHD. I find it is impo…