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  • Making Positive Change From the Inside Out

    You’ve just landed at the go-to spot for all things self-empowerment. The tools and resources found here can help you to make the kinds of life and career choices that will dramatically improve the quality of your life. We’ve designed our site so you can start thinking, building, and living a more inspired life right now. But where to start?

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National Center for Learning Disabilities Checklist

Posted by admin On February - 28 - 2012 0 Comment

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. During schooling, parents and educators should be on the alert for consistent (and persistent) patterns of difficulty that children and adolescents experience over time, as they may signal that there is an underlying learning disability. While variations in the course of development are to be expected, unevenness or lags in the[...]

Why? We end up living according to these self-imposed limitations and never realize our full potential.  Living the Label: Learning Disabilities We all have things about ourselves that we don’t like. The problem comes when we give those things all of our attention and allow them to create our self-definition. Defining ourselves by our learning disabilities rather than our strengths gives the shortcomings all the power. If, for instance, we have trouble motivating ourselves to do school or other work, and label ourselves “lazy” as a result, we are most likely going to approach life as a “lazy” person would.  As a “lazy” person, we likely won’t put forth the necessary effort to accomplish what[...]

It is a scary moment, as a parent, to have to consider if your child (or yourself) has a learning disability. How long have the indicators been ignored? Who can help? What legal aid is in place? Where can a parent turn, and what does this moment mean? These questions can be daunting and dreadful, but they deserve answers.  This New York Times article (from February, 19th 2010) details the processes and procedures for parents who are considering having their child tested for a learning disability. 44% of parents who noticed their child exhibiting signs of difficulty with learning waited a year or more before acknowledging that their child might have a serious problem. This[...]

Charles Schwab and his Learning Disability

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Leadership often entails overcoming adversity. Therefore, it is both obvious and surprising that we find individuals with learning disabilities rising to the top of their career fields.  Charles Schwab, founder of the well-known discount brokerage firm that bears his name, is dyslexic. Schwab grew up at a time period when those afflicted with dyslexia were considered obtuse or unmotivated. Even today, dyslexic children are at a much greater risk of having a poor self-image and becoming underachievers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Schwab, one of many successful dyslexics, and perhaps the richest, with a net worth of more than $3 billion. To help stop the confidence drain in dyslexic children, he[...]

Cher and Dyslexia

Posted by admin On February - 28 - 2012 29 Comments

Famed singer/songwriter Cher never read a word in school. Not because she didn’t want to, but because she couldn’t. Cher was one of the millions of students who went undiagnosed and untreated for a severe learning disability called dyslexia—a reading disability resulting from the inability to process graphic symbols. According to the article, “Cher Facing Dyslexia,” on GoodLearners.net, Cher has claimed: “I never read in school. I got really bad grades—D’s and F’s and C’s in some classes, and A’s and B’s in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade, I just quit,” Cher goes on to admit, “When I was in school, it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned, I[...]

Learning Disabilities: Quote

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“That’s the real problem with kids who struggle with learning … Some kids feel like they’re stupid. I want them to know that they’re not. They just learn differently. Once they understand that and have the tools to learn in their individual way, then they can feel good about themselves.” – Charles Schwab

       The film, How Difficult Can This Be?, takes a humorous but heartbreaking look into the world of student’s with learning disabilities in the modern American public school classroom. Filmmaker and Learning Disabilities Consultant Richard Lavoie leads a group of teachers, special educators, parents, and other field experts through a workshop simulating the classroom experience of the student with learning disabilities. Through exercises, group activities, and dramatic classroom reenactments, the group experiences the frustration, anxiety, and tension that the learning disabled student goes through everyday. Using layman’s terms and a dose of humor, Richard Lavoie illustrates many of the thought processes of the learning disabled student, the obstacles teachers face, and some helpful[...]

Two Books About Learning Disabilities

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If you are facing a learning disability, read: Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years            Often, adults with learning disabilities go undiagnosed until their children have been discovered to have one. In this book, Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years, Joan Shapiro and Rebecca Rich offer both current information on learning disabilities and strategies for action. They first try to define the concept of a learning disability, and varying definitions abound. At the outset, they note that “learning disability” is “an umbrella term that includes different subsets of problems…It may mean difficulty with reading decoding, reading comprehension, written expression, mathematical calculations or reasoning, oral language, or a combination of[...]

Focusing on Others

Posted by admin On January - 20 - 2011 0 Comment

Sometimes the best way to stop worrying about what’s going in your life, is to spend a little time focusing on others. For those too busy to squeeze in a trip to the local animal shelter or non-profit office, consider volunteering online. The United Nations’ award-winning internet hub can help match you to a human development program that needs your skills, or join forces with the World Volunteer Web to find the issue that’s right for you.

Volunteering

Posted by admin On January - 20 - 2011 0 Comment

For those who feel themselves becoming disorganized with too much spare time, volunteering is an excellent, productive way to put those hours to use. Yet those who feel like there’s already too much going on, might feel like they just can’t afford to volunteer their time. It turns out, however, that your time is incredibly valuable to the organizations you help, to the tune of $20.85 per hour! Volunteering can also be an investment towards contacts and connections that pay off later. Consider looking for volunteer or internship positions at an organization for which you’d like to work, or a similar company in the field. Lastly, let your volunteer time be your fun time! Animal-lovers[...]