The NCLD community has shared many stories about their triumphs and struggles in relation to learning disabilites. We want to hear your story—it will help us understand you better and offer support for the many men, women and children with learning disabilities.
Tell us, does your child or student have dyslexia? Do you have dyscalculia or ADHD? What's your LD story? Share it in the comments section below.
NCLD Community Stories
“About a year and a half ago my now 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. I have spent most of the time since understanding and working with her ADHD, but now I need to move forward and understand her dyslexia better... I pray that she will never feel defeated and just throw in the towel. I fully believe she will be who she was created to be BECAUSE of her challenges and not in spite of them. She is a very bright child and is very gifted in comprehension and art. She has an amazing eye for details. I so easily miss the wonders of the world around me... she sees the beauty of a single tree.” -Andi, NCLD community member
“My mother was the one who always encouraged me and repeatedly told me I was smart even though I found writing and reading difficult. I just want to thank her and to say keep trying because you can learn compensatory skills and succeed.” -MJ, NCLD community member
“I want to share my son’s story in order to help others who are dealing with an LD. My son was diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school. He is severely affected by dyslexia as he currently reads at a 5th grade level. He is now a senior at a college prep type Catholic high school and maintains a 3.3 GPA. Through extreme hard work on his (and my) part and a true partnership with the school, he has learned how to advocate for himself, has “taught” his teachers and administrators how successful he (and others) can be with accommodations, discovered his God-given gifts, is a volunteer mentor for students in his school that also have dyslexia, is a community spokesperson for dyslexia as well as a great son and brother. It was not easy for sure. The disappointment, fear, anger was all there. It all turned around once he and we accepted his LD... The key was to be able to basically grieve his not being “normal”. He/we denied it at first, were angry, felt depressed and sad, then accepted it and embraced it. Again, I am not saying it is easy, but wise disclosure is very important with a follow-up of specific information as most people have no idea there is a disability, as it is a truly hidden disability.” -Marian B., NCLD community member
“I'll never forget the day my son Keaton, having observed a friend reading a book outside of school said to me, "Mom, did you know that Mary reads for fun?" I told him that yes, a lot of people do, but reading wasn't as big a chore to them as it was for him. BROKE my heart.” -Betsy R., NCLD community member