Is your family having a busy summer? Between vacations, camps, and other summer fun and relaxation, it’s easy to let interesting news stories pass you by. Luckily, LD Insights is here with a mix of stories from national newspapers and blogs to catch you up on the latest news in the world of learning disabilities (LD). Read on for inspirational stories from NFL star Tim Tebow and Green Bay Packers Coach Joe Whitt, a true-life tale of parent advocacy, and learn what to watch out for as your child transitions out of high school.
Dyslexia Could Never Sack Jets' Tebow (The New York Post) New York Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow is one of football’s most popular players. But Tebow’s struggles in the classroom have presented a major roadblock throughout his life. With the right supports, Tebow graduated from college with honors and went on to his star football career. Now he’s playing on the Jets, where Coach Rex Ryan also has dyslexia. Tebow wants people to know that dyslexia does not mean that a person is not intelligent, and hopes that in going public with his dyslexia he will help young people with LD feel less insecure about the way that they learn. Read more of his inspirational story at The New York Post.
Children's Dyslexia Drives Mother to Find Aid (Arkansas Online) When you’re the parent of a child with LD, it can be hard to find support. But two Arkansas mothers faced this problem and took the solution into their own hands. Kim Head and Melanie Malone are both mothers of children with dyslexia, and have both been instrumental in creating “The Dyslexia Project,” a local group that provides information, support, and tutoring for students with dyslexia. Parent members network and share what instructional strategies and schools have worked for their children. Learn more about the group and the power of parent advocacy at Arkansas Online.
Special Education Services After High School Often Uncoordinated, GAO Finds (The Huffington Post) Transitioning out of high school and into college or work can be difficult for any student with a disability. One problem students face is that transition services are often provided by many different government agencies who do not coordinate and align their services. Read this article from The Huffington Post to learn more about the problem—and see what NCLD’s Public Policy Director Laura Kaloi has to say about how this problem affects students with LD.
Packers Assistant Coach Takes on Dyslexia (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Joe Whitt, Jr. has made a name for himself in the National Football League as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. Crowds who see him speak might never know that behind the scenes, dyslexia is a persistent struggle in his life. It made school difficult and even painful at times, but football was an outlet for his talents. Even though Whitt still struggles with reading, he has made it his mission to encourage literacy—he’s heading up a national summer reading campaign for young people. Check out his inspiring story at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.