Past Anne Ford Scholarship Winners

2013 – Ross Chapman

Ross says one of the hardest parts of having LD is getting people to see that he so much more than just a person with dyslexia. He is a son, a brother, a friend, student, and an athlete. He doesn’t feel sorry for himself, and doesn’t want any special treatment that gives him an advantage over others. Over time, he embraced his LD and rather than allowing it to own him. He owns his LD and knows what it does when he does school work and in life. He learned how to keep it from weighing him down. It’s not always easy, but hey, that’s life!

And having LD hasn’t been all bad. It’s taught him that “attitude is everything” and while timed tests are always going to be the work of the devil, extended time and accommodations allows him to work at his own pace, in his own way, and shine.

His disability has not, and will not, hold him back from reaching his goals. He’s not sure where his college studies will take him. Maybe into the field of medicine, maybe into international relations, maybe a combination of both. Wherever his journey takes him, his dyslexia has taught him to stand strong and carry on.

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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