I’m learning disabled and have been all my life, as it isn’t curable. It’s just something you deal with and hopefully learn to overcome – every day. I’ve decided to start sharing my story to give hope to those dealing with it, either because they’re learning disabled or someone they know, like their child, is. I’ve become quite successful academically and professionally and hope that some details of my story can help those in need of encouragement or help.
This is something the public isn’t very aware of, either – I want to do my small part to change that. I’ve hidden this disability most of my life due to the likelihood of people having no idea what I’m talking about and jumping to unhelpful conclusions. No one should have to hide basic facts about themselves for fear of misunderstanding, judgment, or discrimination.
Today (and for a long time, really) I don’t need any special help, so hiding it hasn’t been causing any problems for me. But I’d still love to admit it and not get a bad reaction. There’s a stigma associated with any disability, especially mental ones, when there shouldn’t be. Frankly, many “normal” people are not exactly a pinnacle of mental health or rationality but don’t have a condition they can lay the blame on! And yet those very people can look at those with a mental disability as if we’re diseased or something.
I’m not at all ashamed of being learning disabled. I’m quite proud that I’ve overcome this for decades and that most people have absolutely no clue what I went through, how it affected me, or what coping strategies I use everyday to excel at so many things I do. I don’t think we’ll ever reach the point when I can say “I’m learning disabled” and someone will respond, “That’s awesome!” But a guy can dream.
If anything I write resonates with you, please let me know in comments or with an email. I’d like to hear from other people and their successes or struggles.
The phrase “learning disabled” can mean different things. To quote the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s website, “Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math. They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or […]
One problem with the term “learning disabled” is that it can give the impression that you not only can’t learn but that you’ll never accomplish much. Both LD people and those unaware of what being LD means can assume this. To combat that, and to give hope to any LD people suffering the same low self-esteem […]
Like everyone who has it, I was born with ADD, and it’s permanent. Technically, the name has changed to ADHD, but that’s misleading for me because I don’t have the “H” – hyperactivity. I’ll be blogging about this because it’s part of my overall story in ways more profound than you’d expect. I hope to shed […]
I’m learning disabled and have been all my life, as it isn’t curable. It’s just something you deal with and hopefully learn to overcome – every day. I’ve decided to start sharing my story to give hope to those dealing with it, either because they’re learning disabled or someone they know, like their child, is. I’ve […]