How Assistive Technology Helps Me as an Adult With a Learning DisabilityDec 31, 2020
I use to carry a lot of shame about my learning disability (LD) I was ashamed that I was different and I even felt I was not as smart as other kids and even adults due to my LD. I carried this with me for way too long! I now realize I do not need to feel ashamed of my disability; it is part of who I am!
No More Shame Around my Learning Disability
In fact, my disability has made me a better person; it shaped my career choices and how I raise my kids! I want to share my story of growing up in the school system on an IEP to help parents, educators, and even therapists who may be able to use my story to help their child or student, take some of my ideas and think how I can help (Sarah) … using these tools and resources.
So here we go…
Growing up on an IEP was hard because I was different, and I needed to be pulled for support services, and the TRUTH is I hated it! Even though it was what I needed to access my education and build the skills that helped me become a successful adult. Having the right goals and support made all the difference in the world. The other significant factor that helped me build the skills I needed for the real world was AT (assistive technology). Having access to the things I needed and the ability to learn how or what I might need to self-advocate for in the future was life-changing. My mom and teacher would not always be there to advocate for me, and I needed to learn how to advocate for the tools and to have access to certain materials or technology to be successful in college and my career.