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News Roundup: LD and Job Success

young-woman-work-readinessLearning disabilities don’t go away once a student finishes school. The challenges of LD are lifelong, but you can help your child prepare for what comes after graduation. In this News Roundup, you’ll find out about a new resource to help teens and young adults master the “soft skills” necessary for employment, hear from one of the world’s top entrepreneurs on how LD can be an asset in the business world, and read the story of a teacher whose dyslexia has not stopped her from excellence.

Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, Video Vignettes (US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)
What do young adults need to know to be ready for employment? As an obvious answer, they need to know how to perform the tasks the job will ask of them: for example, a nurse needs to know how to administer medication and chart a patient’s progress. But “soft skills”—things like communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, and professionalism—can be equally important in securing a job and being successful in it. But these areas can be particularly challenging for people with LD. This new set of engaging videos from the US Department of Labor builds on its “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” curriculum with information designed to help teens and young adults with disabilities master these important skills.
Watch the video series at the US Department of Labor website
Learn more about careers and LD at LD.org

Richard Branson and the Dyslexia Advantage (The Washington Post)
Richard Branson is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. He credits his success to an unlikely factor—his dyslexia. He explains that his LD experience has taught him to think strategically and creatively, and allowed him to focus on what he’s best at while delegating the things that he struggles to do. And Branson may be on to something: he is far frombeing the only entrepreneur who reports having dyslexia. Read Branson’s story at the Washington Post, and share what you think: Can living with dyslexia or another LD have a positive impact on your life?
Read the full article at The Washington Post
Learn more about dyslexia at LD.org

Brownsburg Art Teacher Suzanne Whitton Overcomes Dyslexia and is Up for National Honor (The Indianapolis Star)
Indiana’s Teacher of the Year award is in: Suzanne Whitton, an elementary art teacher from Brownsburg, IN, has been recognized for her excellence in inspiring her young students to meet their artistic and academic goals. Whitton has struggled with dyslexia since childhood, and while reading and spelling still present challenges, LD has not stopped her from having an accomplished teaching career. Instead, she is open about her dyslexia and uses her own success story to motivate struggling students. Read her inspiring story at The Indianapolis Star.
Read the full article at the Indianapolis Star
Read more LD success stories at LD.org