Abner Lozano

Abner Lozano is originally from Stockton, CA where he founded the non-profit organization SayNoToPoverty before attending the University of California, Berkeley where he studied Law and Theater Arts, graduating in 2020. After being diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12, Abner was discouraged from pursuing a higher education by his teachers but was reluctant to settle for less and placed himself in advanced courses, extracurricular activities, and ran for leadership roles. In 2016, he was awarded the Mexican Cultural Center for Northern California Scholarship to attend UC Berkeley and was given the 2017 Dr. Pepper Saber Es Poder Scholarship to study abroad in London, United Kingdom, for a semester.

Abner Lozano is also a professional stage actor who has relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and is thrilled to be using his voice as an artist to bring social awareness about learning attention issues through an artistic platform.

Kayla Queen

Kayla Queen graduated with Cum Laude Honors from Brigham Young University Hawaii in 2016 with a B.A. in International Cultural Studies and a certificate in Peacebuilding. She is an inducted member of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society. Kayla has a passion for promoting social change and has participated in a number of committees and projects, including her university student advisory council and other projects through her university. She was formally diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. Her experience navigating life with dyslexia sparked her passion for initiatives that promote change and improve the quality of life for those with learning disabilities. Since graduating Kayla has worked as a job and day trainer for individuals with intellectual disabilities and as an advocate at the Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas.

In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time quality time with her family and close friends. She also likes attending and engaging in cultural events and materials, going on adventures, and participating in sports and outdoor activities. Kayla is often reading books and articles that deepen her insight into social issues and is constantly looking for ways to apply what she has learned.

Sarah (Lizzy) Arnold

Lizzy Arnold is from Williston, Florida and is a Freshman at Coastal Carolina University pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing. She was diagnosed with ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder at the age of five, and has grown up learning in both public and private school environments. Lizzy’s passions lie in expressing herself and her experiences through creativity, and she loves to help others find that passion within themselves.

Her aspirations and goals are to earn her undergraduate degree, work professionally as an actor, and use art to help address and positively contribute to ongoing issues that affect the world. One of Lizzy’s core priorities is to advocate for individuals who have disabilities and give them the tools they need to thrive. In high school, she was involved in “Wolf Pack United,” an organization that paired students with other students with various disabilities. The mentors would help their mentees learn social skills, time management practices, and get them involved in fun hobbies. In her spare time, Lizzy loves to draw, paint, play her guitar, play tennis, and enjoy the nature around her.

Rachelle Johnson

Rachelle Johnson is a proud dyslexic with ADHD. She has been in learning disabled spaces all her life and actively involved learning disability outreach and activism since 2014. In her activism work, Rachelle has led and participated in blogs, webinars, panels, speeches, and met with members of government, all with the purpose of advocating for positive change for the LD and greater disabled community. Through her work, she has been able to touch the lives of hundreds of LD individuals. Rachelle is current a developmental psychology Ph.D. student at Florida State University, where she researches reading development and learning disabilities with the Florida Center for Reading Research. The goal of both her research and activism is to create a world where learning disabled people are understood, supported, and reach their potential in life.

Malachai Pruett

Malachai Pruett is a freshman at Georgia State University and was diagnosed with ADHD when they were 17 years old. They were identified as gifted in the first grade, and as a result, their struggles in school due to ADHD often went unseen or ignored. Despite this, they still managed to succeed, getting As and Bs in most of their classes. They want to use their experiences to help challenge what it means to be gifted and disabled, hopefully making it easier for twice-exceptional students to find their way and those diagnosed when they are older. They are currently pursuing a degree in history and hope to complete a master’s in education, with the intention of teaching social studies. They hope their experiences here can give them a deeper understanding of what it means to be an advocate for those with attention and learning issues.

Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in elementary school, Rachelle was told she would never succeed academically, let alone go to college. However, Rachelle maintained love of knowledge and learning, and pushed for her-own and others’ right to education. Today, at 20 years old, Rachelle is a senior-year honors student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in psychology. Rachelle is proud to say she will always be dyslexic, and it is by utilizing her dyslexia and ADHD she plans to change the world.