Do you deal with a learning disability? Do you find yourself scared of what others will think of you if they knew about your learning disability? Do you judge someone with a learning disability as always being less intelligent as others? For some people, the judgement, as well as the fear of being judge can be as hard or even harder to deal with than the learning disability itself.
It is important to clarify that a learning disability such as dyslexia has little to nothing to do with that persons intelligence. Too often in our society people that are different are somehow viewed as not as good or flawed somehow. There is an organized effort it appears to make sure if you do not fit into the definition of “normal” there is something wrong with you. In the case of learning disabilities this could not be further from the truth. A learning disability does not immediately mean that you are a burden on society. The term “learning disability” should be changed to something like, learns differently than the average human.
It is sad that the average person with a “learning disability” is taught to think that they aren’t good enough, but what is terrible is that many of them end up believing that it is true. The truth is that every individual has different capacities and different abilities, even among the average person this is true. It is time that we as a culture, found ways to spread acceptance and helped every person equally to become successful. In the United States, the education system is developed, in general, to move as many kids through as best it can and if you don’t fit the mold, you will be treated as an outsider. It is not those that are labeled with “learning disabilities” that need to change or work harder, it is the rest of us.