Theatre Major with NVLD, by Shelby

By December 2, 2016 October 24th, 2017 NVLD Bloggers

I was diagnosed with NVLD in sixth grade. It was very hard to understand why I had this disability and what it even was. I had a rough time in high school with bullying, having separate testing locations, and always being pulled from class to be tested by a psychiatrist. I basically had no friends and I was failing terribly in school.

But then I’m in tenth grade, I was part of a theatre performance at a local high school. I gained so much confidence and I felt like I could be myself. I finally felt that I could go on with my life knowing that I do have control over this disability and I will never let it bring me down! I definitely have come a long way and I am so proud of myself. My sixth grade self would be so happy.

I am now a junior in college and am working towards a bachelors in Theatre Arts with a minor in communications.


I am Shelby. I have a non-verbal learning disability! I am 20 years old and I attend SUNY Fredonia and I am a junior there. My major is General Theatre Studies.

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