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“Not College Material,” by Katie

By NVLD Bloggers

My name is Katie. I am a person with a language impairment and learning disabilities. I was diagnosed at the young age of three. I did not start talking until I was three years old. I did not talk in a complete sentence until I was five years old. I am the only person with a disability in my immediate family.
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Learning Your Own Way, by Liz

By NVLD Bloggers

I had finally found a place where it was acceptable to be myself, and this place was my high school, yes, that’s right, my high school. I had just moved with my family and so I started high school as an unknown and that’s just how I liked it.
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The Importance of Keeping an Individualized Approach to Disabilities, by Michelle

By NVLD Bloggers

One of the most important considerations in working with people with disabilities is to give an individualized approach to the person. I had an Individualized Education Plan in my public school years and an Individualized Service Plan beginning in college. I am grateful for the accommodations and specialty instruction that enabled me to be successful in school. I often felt that the services, especially as I grew, were generalized and not customized to what I needed.
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What’s Everyone Laughing about? I Just Don’t Get It!, by Megan

By NVLD Bloggers

Laughter has always been a hidden language for me. I always took things literally. My first memory of this was when I was maybe about five years old, and had caught the flu. My mom had told me “I caught a bug from school.” I honestly thought I had an actual bug inside my body that was making me sick. I took it upon myself to find a flashlight and to “look for the bug down my throat.” This was just the beginning of taking things so literally.
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The Importance of Being Connected, by Eileen

By NVLD Bloggers

Among my most positive experiences growing up with an NVLD was being a three-season runner. Since I gained an advocate, great friends and most of all I had a purpose at school. Therefore, it was upsetting to me that my experience was so uncommon as others with similar disabilities were missing out of the benefits it provided. During these unprecedented times more than ever I have thought this shouldn’t be as personal connections are so beneficial.
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Awkward, by Nicholas

By NVLD Bloggers

Hey, hi, how are you? Oh, you weren’t talking to me? There’s someone else right behind me? Awkward. I guess I should pay more attention to my surroundings. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you, so I can understand if you’ve forgotten who I am, although I probably won’t realize it until later.
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NVLD and Overcoming the Challenges, by Eileen

By NVLD Bloggers

One of the hardest things about a Non-Verbal Learning Disability is that obstacles can show up at different times throughout your life. It can truly make you feel like overcoming them is impossible. However, I know through personal experiences that with the right support, perseverance, and self-determination anything is possible.
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The Challenges of Having Fine Motor Deficits in Addition to Academic Deficits, by Eileen

By NVLD Bloggers

Often when we think of learning disabilities we think of the personal effects they have in an academic setting. Since many with an NLVD have motor skills deficits, even classes such as art and technology can be a big challenge for NVLD students. They often feel they need to work twice as hard and fast just to keep up with their peers. For most, taking an elective is fun, however for those with a NVLD elective classes can be a challenge.
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