Ben M.
Age: 24
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Currently Residing: Dallas, TX
LD: Dyslexia, ADD

When I was very young I had difficulty reading and my speech was bad because of my hearing.  My mom had me tested and I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADD. My parents found a specialized private school for LD children; this changed my life.  

On my first day at this new school, I did not want to be there, I felt out of place.  I eventually grew to love it!  I went there for 14 years. I went through speech programs, and the association method of learning.  I learned word sounds by distinguishing, using a code of 1's or 2's above them.  I thought this was one of the stupidest things ever, but it taught me how to spell and read above college level.

One of my biggest struggles to this day is reading comprehension. I would read a passage 10-20 times before understanding it.  Reading chapters in books were the worst for me. I had a tough time, especially remembering the sequence of a story.

…but with having a difference, came some rewards.  It taught me to be creative and think outside the box.  It taught me to think for myself, and it taught me determination and the will to never give up.

"I never thought I was disabled.  I looked at myself as equal to everyone else.  I just learn in a different way."
10/17/2013 10:14:22 am

Very good website ! I may be interested in sharing my story with you. FYI I was asked years ago to speak to students at Shelton and was well received. I struggeled through multiple high schools and managed to go to SMU
I struggled with my Undiagnosed at time ADD but managed to work hard designing my own ways to learn and cope. I would attend classes I wasn't enrolled in just to hear information twice and also taped lectures to hear again every night. I had to! But I was determined not to fail
I succeeded in earning my BS degree

Dell Miller
10/17/2013 10:21:29 am

This is a wonderful article very well written and honors my brother. I also have attention deficit disorder and have completed a masters degree at Dallas Theological Seminary and I have been very successful learning how to adapt my learning strategies in any situation. I have a very successful video production company and have recently produced a full links motion picture called Seasons of Gray. If you would ever like to interview me for a feature story I would be interested in speaking with you about this.

12/2/2013 07:32:48 am

Dell, We we LOVE to have you share your story with us! I am so sorry I am just now seeing your comment! If you could please go to our "Share" page and fill out or upload your story to us. We'd love to hear about the techniques and skills you learned become successful. If video is your "thing" please feel free to create a video of yourself instead of writing your story down. That would be a fun treat! Let me know if you have any other questions, email me at DifNotDis@gmail.com, or connect with DifNotDis on Facebook or Twitter.


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