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Susan Boyle, singing that earned her fame by auditioning on Britain's Got Talent. Growing up, when people let her down, music was a companion. (Susan Boyle: 'I have Asperger's', The Guardian)

The contrast between her shy manner and soaring voice won Boyle legions of fans. She has sold more than 14 million records around the world and recently released her fourth album, "Home for Christmas." She makes her big-screen debut in holiday movie "The Christmas Candle." (Susan Boyle says she has Asperger's syndrome, Fox News)

"Asperger's – unnamed as it was – made her different, and her childhood was marred by feelings of being an outsider." Boyle says, "that made me more determined to be where I want to be." But she admits that the isolation, the attempts to prove herself to people who didn't always understand, left a legacy of inner anger and frustration. "You don't fight without some resentment," she says. (The Guardian)

"Sometimes people misunderstand. Sometimes she gets frustrated. "Some articles have said I have brain damage," she acknowledges, before adding, cryptically: "It's been something else." A year ago she went to a Scottish specialist. "I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me," she explains. The specialist discovered her IQ was above average. And the diagnosis? "I have Asperger's," she says calmly. Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism, mainly affects people's social interaction and communication skills. When she says the word, things fall into place. Finally, it's like looking at an apple and agreeing it really is an apple. "It is," she says, "a relief."" (The Guardian)

"I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help." (Fox News)

"Asperger's often creates anxiety in sufferers, makes them teeter like a sheet of paper poised on the edge of a table in a drought." (The Guardian)

Surprising Revelation from Signing Sensation Susan Boyle

Watch this video, Singer Susan Boyle says she has Asperger's syndrome, story featuring Susan Boyle learning about her Asperger's from NBC Today.

Susan Boyle - Britains Got Talent

We love the song she chose, really describes what she has gone through and what her dream is to be something greater. We also love the reaction the crowd and judges are giving before she sings and then the dramatic change when she is singing. They are blown away!
View this video on YouTube, HERE.

Susan Boyle Save The Children Press Launch Highlights

This is Susan Boyle, Now. She is giving back to a charity that will help children break out of their shy shells and gain confidence in learning. Her only wish is that a help like this has been available for her as a child.
View this video on YouTube, HERE.

"Asperger's doesn't define me. It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."

Spelling out the needs of students with Dyslexia

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Frankie Hollands supporting the learning activities at the Rush, Lusk and Skerries Dyslexia workshop. Photograph: John Mc Elroy
Dyslexia News from The Irish Times  -  Dec 10, 2013

"One in 10 people [has Dysleixa], and although general teacher training doesn’t include enough about how to teach children who have it, knowledge and support have improved."  _
(Irish Times)

"There was a time in Ireland when Dyslexia was the disorder that dare not speak its name. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI), established 40 years ago this year, had to change its name in the 1980s to the Association of Children and Adults with Learning Difficulties, so it would be taken seriously." (Irish Times)

"In 2000, the original name was restored, as Irish officialdom finally caught up with international research and recognized Dyslexia as a distinct disorder requiring specific supports and interventions. Now Dyslexia is commonly diagnosed through the State assessment service, the National Education Psychology Service (NEPS)" (Irish Times)

“The English language is one of the most difficult to learn and poses the greatest challenge for those with difficulties processing sounds and symbols,” Bisset explains. “There are so many irregularities of grammar and phonics that it makes it hard for a person with processing difficulties to learn the rules.” Dyslexia presents within every language, but the impact for English speakers can be more acute and present earlier." (Irish Times)

"...the main focus is to support the association’s 2,500 member families through information, assessment and tuition, and to reach out to the many more Irish families dealing with Dyslexia. “We have witnessed huge increases in learning support in schools during the past 40 years, which is welcome. We’ve seen the introduction of accommodations for exams, exemptions from Irish, and new entry routes into third level. ”"(Irish Times)

"“The special-education resource infrastructure is being eroded. Accommodations for exams and exemptions from Irish can be laborious to access. We still hear parents frequently talking about ‘fighting the system’ to get what their children need." (Irish Times)

“Children and adults with Dyslexia often have a highly developed sense of social justice. There’s an empathy for those who have to struggle with the system. I suppose it probably stems from their own struggle with things everybody else takes for granted."
-Rosie Bissett,
Chief executive of the DAI,
The Irish Times

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"I strongly believe that dyslexia is like a Rubik’s Cube: it takes time to work out how to deal with it but once you do, it can be the most wonderful gift."

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Sally Gardner, is an English children's writer and illustrator. Her award-winning book, I, Coriander, is set in 17th-century London. It tells the story of Coriander, the unhappy daughter of a silk merchant.

At age 11, she was told that she was "
word-blind." Gardner says, "this was before anyone mentioned the un-sayable, un-teachable, un-spellable word Dyslexia, which, hey-ho, even to this day I can’t spell!" She continues, "I had been classified as “unteachable” but at the age of fourteen, when everyone had given up hope, I learned to read." The fist book she read was “Wuthering Heights” and after that no one could stop  her. Her mother made a deal with her, if she got her grades up she could go to art school. With that kind of motivation she did just that. Once at art school she thrived like ivy crawling up and every which way to the top.

After graduating from the Central St. Martin’s Art School with a First Class Honours degree Gardner then went to Newcastle University Theatre, where she worked as a theatre designer. "I gave up working as a set designer because I found my dyslexia to be a problem when drawing up technical plans for the sets. Instead I concentrated on costumes," said Gardner.

"I [later] went into writing, where I assumed my Dyslexia would be a true disability, it turned out to be the start of something amazing," she continues, "The problem with dyslexia for many young people – and I can identify with this – is that their confidence is so damaged by the negativity of their teachers and their peers that it takes a very strong character to come out of the educational system smiling." (Sally's Story)

Also, view slide show - Sally Gardner: Ten Tips for a Dyslexic Thinker (like me)

An Introduction to the Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook edition

Sally Gardner's introduction to video below. This video can also be viewed HERE.

Animated page video from Maggot Moon Multi-touch iBook

Here is a short animation of the way some dyslexics (including Sally) see the
words on a page when they try to read: (above)

Video of an animated page from one of Sally Gardner's books,
Maggot Moon. Can be viewed HERE.

Some of Sally's Books:

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Have you heard of #GivingTuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.  On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. (GivingTuesday.org).

is asking you to donate and they will mach what you donate!
Double your love for all students with learning and attention issues. There are over two million students with learning disabilities in the U.S. Many of them struggle like Devyn, who posted this to our site.

Our kids are facing overwhelming challenges. Donate now so we can help them realize their full potential. Your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar. Time is running out to double your love for all students with learning and attention issues. The match ends tonight at midnight!
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Stan Wattles is Dyslexic, Dysgraphia, and with perception problems that hindered his ability to comprehend concepts.. He was diagnosed at age 11. Back then, in the 60's, there wasn't much that school could do to help student with LD. He had a hard time focusing and getting his school work done.

"It's my father's fault I love racing," Wattles said. "He used to race time trials in a Jaguar XKE at Lime Rock. He took me for a couple of laps around it when I was about 5 years old. It's steep uphill and down with sharp turns, left and right, an incredible roller coaster to a child of that age. I never forgot that ride. I was back again and I was hooked." With that said, Wattles didn't start racing till after college, he was 25 years old.

"Fortunately," Wattles said, laughing again, "in oval racing you have walls on either side of you and the track turns only one way. I have no problem with left or right, up or down, depth perception or comprehension today. I don't have problems with road courses, either."

While Wattles was racing he would
visits schools affiliated with the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He would add each school's logo to his 18-wheeler, that carries the car and team from track to track. He would give talks at school to inspire children with LD and told "that they can be anything they want to be," (Wattles races way through battles, St. Petersburg Times). 

Before Wattles started racing he studied special education at UConn. He wanted to give back and teach students with LD. Thanks to he headmaster of the school, he decided to follow his dream to race cars.  He soon started Racing to Make a Difference program to increase public awareness of learning disabilities. "Wattles donated part of his earnings from each react to [his] foundation ...to help children with learning disabilities," (The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Dyslexia, p. 272).

Read more:
Wattles races way through battles

Quinn Bradlee Interview With Stan Wattles, Prt 1

This video can be found on YouTube, HERE. Watch more interview with Quinn Bradle, HERE.
"This was my dream; you can have your own dreams."
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If you are Dyslexic and find yourself on a lonely island where no one really understands what you experience when reading you need to check out this book! Sam Barclay, is Dyslexic, he has created this book, "I Wonder What It Feels Like To Be Dyslexic," to give the reader a better understanding of what he and other Dyslexics experience while reading.

Barclay says, "The available help was always aimed at making me read better. Very little effort was made to help the people around me understand what it feels like to struggle with reading."

Read more of this story and watch additional interview (video) at HuffingtonPost.com

I wonder what it's like to be dyslexic by Sam Barclay (KickStarter Video)

You can view this video and learn more about this book and support Barclay's kickstarter by clicking HERE.

"People that have difficulty reading are often capable of thinking in ways that others aren't," Barclay explains. "Encouraging those with reading difficulties... to excel in ways that make sense to them is not just important, it's crucial."
College can feel like a huge mountain to climb over especial for LDs. Many LD's don't even apply for college, and if they do they drop out. You can succeed! There are tons of helpful tools that you and your college can used. Things like extended time on tests and homework, note taker, test that are read to you, a quite place to take test, one-on-one help with understanding class lectures with your professor professors TA, and many more. The only thing you have to do to get all these helpful tools is talk to your school and talk to your professors. They want to you succeed and they will help you do so if you work hard and show them that  you willing and able to work hard.

With all that said... Are you ready for college? What should I look for in a college?
Here is a great article to help you prepare and finding the perfect college for you, HERE.
"My brain works like Google images."
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Do you know Temple Grandin? She is is famous for American Doctor of Animal Science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, Autistic activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.

The movie, Temple Grandin, shows the life of Grandin, how she grew up, the people that influenced her, and showing her struggles and success. She speaks many about Autism and Aspergers but is very supportive of other LDs like Dyslexia. Grandin is an inspiration to all, she found her strengths in art, creativity, and animals. She uses her skill to see the finer details to solve problems and create solutions.

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds (TED)

I know this video is a bit long, but I strongly recommend that you take the time to watch/listen to what Temple Grandin has to say. This TED talk can be viewed here.

Dr. Temple Grandin Gives Talk at Montclair State University

This video can be viewed on Temple Grandin's site or on Vimeo, submitted by WiredJersey.com

Temple Grandin (Movie Trailer)

You can watch this movie trailer on YouTube, HERE, uploaded by risonrg.  

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What is the Difference between ADD and ADHD?

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are both brain-based conditions that affect people’s ability to stay focused on things like schoolwork, social interactions and everyday activities such as brushing teeth and getting dressed.

The biggest difference:
  • Kids with ADHD are hyperactive—they can’t sit still and are so restless that teachers quickly notice their rambunctious behavior and begin to suspect there might be attention issues involved.
  • Kids with ADD might fly under the radar a bit longer because they aren’t bursting with energy and disrupting the classroom. Instead, they often appear shy, daydreamy, or off in their own world.

ADD is considered one of three subtypes of ADHD.
  • ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type.
  • The other two subtypes are ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, and ADHD Combined Type, which involves both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive symptoms.

Kids with the inattentive type of ADHD may have trouble finishing tasks or following directions. They tend to be sluggish and slow to respond and process information. It’s often difficult for them to sift through relevant and irrelevant information. They may be easily distracted and appear forgetful or careless. Their symptoms are less overt compared to an individual with hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. Unfortunately, as a result, many individuals with the predominantly inattentive subtype of ADHD are often overlooked.

What is AD/HD?

This video can be viewed HERE on YouTube, submitted by The National Center for Learning Disabilities

What is ADD? (part 1)

This video can be viewed HERE on YouTube, submitted by ReliablyOnline

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What is Dyscalculia?

A Dyscalculia person my have trouble processing math. Another person may have trouble remembering facts and keeping a sequence of steps in order. A person will have yet a different set of math-related challenges to overcome.

Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. Two major areas that can be challenging in math are:
  • Visual-spatial difficulties, which result in a person having trouble processing what the eye sees
  • Language processing difficulties, which result in a person having trouble processing and making sense of what the ear hears

Here's a list of resources to learn more about Dyscalculia: