"This book is a welcome addition to the growing number of volumes that attest to the struggles and triumphs of individuals with learning disabilities. The thoughtful and touching accounts shared by ‘real people' inspire hope and promise. These personal accounts are testimonies to the human spirit, and reinforce our commitment to enable children and adults with LD to achieve their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and productive participation in our society."
Anne Ford, Chairman of the Board
Anitra, 15, has trouble understanding and using language. Peggy, 41, has difficulty with numbers. Carlos, 24, has problems reading, writing, and memorizing. Jack, 49, flunked out of college. What do these people have in common besides their LD? They are all talented, optimistic, and successful. They work hard, focus on their strengths, and refuse to hide their limitations. They are positive role models for everyone, with or without LD.
In this inspiring book, real people with LD tell their own stories. A few are famous (science fiction writer Samuel Delany, Kinko's Inc. founder Paul Orfalea, paleontologist Jack Homer-- a consultant for the movie Jurassic Park), but most are not (at least not yet!). You'll meet students, teachers, a computer programmer, athletes, musicians, and a doctor. All invite you into their lives, talk about people who helped them, remember times when they felt frustrated, sad, or angry, and offer wise advice. Each story includes questions that invite you to reflect an your own life, abilities, and successes.
You'll also find special sections with questions and answers about LD, tips for succeeding with LD, and resources (books, organizations, Web sites, etc.) you can turn to for more information.
Includes a special message to parents and teachers by Dr. Mel Levine,
Jill Lauren received her B.S. and M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. She is an LD specialist with a private practice in educational remediation in New York City.
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