What I Want People To Know About My Learning Disability.
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

What I Want People To Know About My Learning Disability.

I am a lot smarter than people think I might be.

269
What I Want People To Know About My Learning Disability.
Stocksnap.io

When I was younger I got diagnosed with a learning disability. What does that mean? It means that my brain process things a little differently. For me, it was always math and some comprehension issues. That doesn't mean that my everyday life is any different than yours. I am completely able to find and keep a job all on my own, and when I have difficulty I will ask and explain why I may be having a difficult time understanding.

People have the assumption that because I am “learning disabled” that I can't do things on my own. That I need people to hold my hand with everything do. That isn't true. I'm not that organized, but I have never been. I am capable of living on my own. I can shower by myself. I can cook, despite what people may say. I can do just about everything independently and it aggravates me when people assume that because of my learning disability that I can't do anything.

The easiest way to explain a learning disability is that certain parts of your brain just don't communicate properly. I was always in remedial classes and ended up testing out of them for my senior year, yes I got to be a normal senior. I mean not that I wasn't normal before, but you get what I mean. Now, something that aggravates me as well is the fact that I feel as if people just know that I am learning disabled by looking at me. People don't talk to me, or are nice to me and then never speak to me again. Listen, I am a lot smarter than people think I might be. The point I am trying to make here is that I am not “different” or “special.” I am just a late 20-something-year-old that wants to have all of the pieces fall into place to be successful.

Most people that think of learning disabled look at it thinking that we can't be successful. That is not true. There are many successful people that have a learning disability and a lot of them are in a creative field, like musicians, artists, and even some in other fields. We should not judge everyone about what is wrong with them. We should be looking at their successes. That can be a difficult thing to do, though, but we all need this.

I know... Easier said than done. But really, when I am doing math and you see me struggling, ask if I need help. The longer I sit there with the gears turning, the more tired I get. It takes a lot of energy to do the things that I have difficulty with, especially math. That is all that I ask is to respect the people that have any type of disability and where we may seem standoffish or rude, sometimes we need help, space to be able to process, or we need a stress reliever. For me, it's video games, music, or watching videos online.

So, please show us some respect and please support us in what we do in our lives. We are not messed up or different, we are just unique and at least I know that I am okay with being unique

From Your Site Articles
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

72193
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

46062
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

976974
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments