Past Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Winners

2017 – Charlotte Leche

Remarkable, well-balanced, optimistic, resilient… these are qualities used by Charlotte’s teachers and mentors to describe her. Diagnosed with ADHD in second grade, Charlotte searched for the right combination of study strategies and accommodations throughout her early school years. With access to read-aloud texts, reams of colored paper and an arsenal of highlighters, she charged through high school with a 504 plan at her side, honing self-advocacy skills along the way. Charlotte found that playing softball, volunteering, working at a restaurant and learning to play cello helped channel her energy and talents in productive ways. In December 2016, Charlotte volunteered as a dental assistant on a mission trip to provide dental care and education to underprivileged youth in Honduras. She has set her sights on studying dental hygiene at community college as a step toward becoming an orthodontist.

From the policy blog

IT with LD

Written by Aidan Satterwhite, NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council Member | 2 weeks ago

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was very young. Too young to remember, in fact. Many know that life with a learning disability can be quite challenging, but those challenges have also taught me courage, humility, and perseverance.

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