Michaela Hearst is an advocate, writer, and most recently, a social worker. She graduated with a Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Inspired and driven by her diagnoses of nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD) and learning disorder not otherwise specified (LD NOS) at the age of 14, she began her social work journey so she could help others who have learning and attention issues advocate for themselves. She earned a master’s certificate in dyslexia studies and language-based learning disabilities through Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manhattanville College and an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Landmark College, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Michaela is passionate about the field of learning and attention issues. Her Social Work Professional Seminar graduate presentation, called “Crossing Bridges,” addresses how parents of children (of all ages) with learning and attention issues can be most helpful and supportive. Her undergraduate capstone paper focused on how to counteract stereotypes and stigma surrounding learning and attention issues.
Michaela has served as a developmental intern for NCLD’s New York City office and as a blogger for Understood. She is currently a project social ambassador for the NVLD Project and the first guest blogger at Friends of Quinn. She knows that positive change for individuals with learning and attention issues needs to occur at the policy level, and she’s excited to be a new member of the Young Adult Leadership Council.
Michaela enjoys spending as much time as possible in nature and drinking iced coffee.