What can dyslexic kids accomplish? A lot!

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Happy holidays from Dyslexic Kids’ founders Scott Forsythe (age 19) and Alex Forsythe (age 17)! What a semester we’ve had! We’ll be finishing up with final exams today (whew!).

For Scott, it’s been a grueling but fun first semester of college. Purdue’s computer engineering program is quite challenging whether you’re dyslexic or not! Dyslexia and dysgraphia made college even more interesting now and then, especially since one of the professors requires that all work be handwritten (handwriting answers on homework and exams is not Scott’s best skill!). Scott’s grateful for the full ride scholarship (covers all college expenses – tuition, room, board, books, and more) which allows him to concentrate on his studies and related pursuits – he was chosen as the vice-president of IEEE, he’s active in the physics, computer science, and engineering organizations, he’s working directly with the dean of engineering developing a project that will benefit all of the engineering students, and he’s been continuing his dedication to community service by volunteering for several organizations, including Limberlost State Historic Site. His creations for Limberlost were recognized as Official State Legacy Projects by the state of Indiana! Scott’s excited about the events coming up in the spring and summer – he’ll be representing the college in the worldwide Global Game Jam computer programming competition, he’ll be studying abroad in Italy (paid for by scholarship), then he’ll be returning to his software development job at NASA – the best job in the world!

Alex is only a junior in high school, but as of today, she has already racked up 25 college credit hours with a 4.0 GPA! She tested out of many college courses (AP exams are tough!), and she’s been taking dual credit courses at 3 local universities this semester! Plus, she aced both the ACT and SAT, scoring in the top 1% in the nation on both exams! Since she’s planning to dual major in electrical and computer engineering, and dual minor in computer science and math, she’s trying to get as many classes out of the way as possible. She’s well on her way! She’s still the author of the Bird of the Month for the Indiana Audubon Society, and a program developer for Limberlost State Historic Site earning too many state and local awards for her work to list here. Plus, she’s Purdue Extension’s Science Ambassador for the County, the state champion in computer science this year, and spokesperson for the Midwest R2 Builders. She and the life-size, fully functioning R2-D2 that she built from scratch (from welding to circuit board design to computer programming) travel to schools and other organizations to talk about STEM fields. Not bad for someone who’s dyslexic and dyscalculic!

It’s been a fantastic semester, and we’re ready to end 2016 by packing up and making the rounds to spend time with family and friends. We’ll see you in January!

Have a joyous season!

$1,000 Award to Kids with LD

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award. This $1,000 award recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It will be given to a student 19 years old or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field—including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service. Honorable Mentions will also be awarded. Nominations are due by December 31.

Newly Introduced RISE Act Helps Ease Transition to College

NCLD has frequently heard from parents and college bound students with learning and attention issues about the challenges they face after high school graduation.

You’ve told us how hard it is to find information about disability services.

You’ve shared how college faculty is unaware or sometimes even reluctant to allow for accommodations in their classes.

And, too often we’ve heard that even students with a well-documented history of having a disability have to undergo new, costly diagnostic testing to again ‘prove’ they can receive disability services.

We’ve heard you and we did something about it.  Now we’re proud to let you know that the U.S. Senate has heard you, too.

Today, a bi-partisan group of Senators introduced the RISE Act, legislation that would address each of these challenges and help ease the transition to college for students with disabilities.  Led by Senator Casey (D-PA), Senator Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Cassidy (R-LA) the RISE Act will:

  • provide parents and students with information on disability services in one place, making it easier to know what services are available in higher education and how to access them;
  • require colleges to accept an IEP or 504 plan as evidence of a disability when a student is seeking accommodations; and
  • support a technical assistance center for college faculty to learn more about the needs of students with disabilities.

For more information, read :

Over the next year, Congress is expected to turn its attention to higher education and we hope you’ll join us by urging lawmakers to consider the RISE Act.  You can voice your support for the RISE Act today by sending a quick email to your Senators.

Next year, when the new Congress takes office, the RISE Act will be re-introduced.  You can expect to see more from NCLD in the coming months about how – together – we can make this bill become law!

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your stories can and do make difference every day. This time, they just might change the world for the millions of children with disabilities who dream of going to college and reaching their dreams.

http://www.ncld.org/archives/blog/newly-introduced-rise-act

“How it affects me changes each day”

From hashtagld on Tumblr: “I have bad days and I have good days with my LD. What a lot of people don’t understand is that how my LD affects me changes depending on the day. It’s not fair to hold me to something I could on another day, that I can’t do today. Sometimes I find spelling and reading super easy and other times I struggle. Each day is different and I need to take it one day at a time.”

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