Have you ever looked at your smartphone or tablet and wondered what apps might be available to help your child with learning disabilities (LD)? Or thought about what questions a student with LD should ask when searching for a college? Find the answers to these questions along with a healthy dose of inspiration from two adults with LD in this week’s News Roundup, here to share the latest on LD from newspapers and blogs.
Apps for Children with Dyslexia (New York Times) Assistive technology can be a powerful tool for people with LD. The growing popularity of apps for mobile devices is one area where assistive technology is quickly expanding, offering promising new tools to help people cope with LD. This post from the New York Times “Motherlode” blog offers several apps useful for children with dyslexia and invites parents to join the conversation by sharing what apps have worked for their child with LD.
Spotlight: Seeking PhD Despite Learning Disability (The Chicago Tribune) Jason Goldfarb’s high school counselor told him that his LD would keep him out of college. The statement hurt, but motivated him to work harder and prove her wrong. Through a combination of self-advocacy, skillful use of accommodations, and a lot of hard work, Goldfarb earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and is now a doctoral candidate with a prestigious fellowship at the University of Illinois. Read more of his inspiring story of beating the odds in this “Spotlight” piece from The Chicago Tribune.
How Should Students with Disabilities Find the Right College? (US News & World Report) Finding the right college can be a challenge for any student, and having LD only makes the decision more complicated. This article from US News & World Report offers expert advice from college counselors, university deans and others on what special considerations students with LD and other disabilities should make when choosing a college.
Conquering Dyslexia: Adult Learning Program Spelled Success for Haverhill Woman (Eagle-Tribune) When Kirsten Beauregard graduated from high school in 1999, her dyslexia had not been appropriately addressed in the school system. She still read at a very low level. Although she was successful as a chef, she wanted to improve her reading skills. But like many adults with LD, Beauregard was not sure where to turn. Luckily, the public library in her town of Haverhill, MA offers an innovative program using research-based methods to help adult dyslexics improve their reading skills. After nearly three years of study, Beauregard has accomplished her goal of becoming a fluent reader. Read her inspiring story at the Eagle Tribune.