On Learning Differences

Vol. 1, No. 1 - Information on Learning Differences Online Fall 2002


Welcome to Visions on Learning Differences

Postsecondary Decision-Making for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Characteristics of the Gifted Post-Secondary Student with Dyslexia and/or ADHD

From Struggle to Success in College

Congratulations to the CRLA and IDA Presidents-Elect

In Memorium

Conference Information

Legislative Concerns


About the Editor

Sharing Ideas

Permission to Copy from Visions on Learning Differences

Dedication-Musical Tribute to America and World Peace

A Blessed Holiday Season to All

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Welcome to the College Reading and Learning Association President-Elect and Conference Chair, Laura Symons. A dedicated professional, Laura not only instructs college students, she is involved with Legacy International, a highly valuable bridge program to promote peace between nations. It brings together youths from many nations to develop an understanding of varied cultures, who then return to their homelands to share what they have learned.

Congratulations to Nancy Hennessy, President-Elect of the International Dyslexia Association. Nancy Hennessy, an outstanding learning professional, is an Educational Consultant, and author. She has written of one of the monographs of the International Dyslexia Association in their Orton Emeritus Series, The "K" Book - "Kids Who Learn Differently: Strategies for Successful Studying", written with Lois H. Rothschild. It provides an understanding of how children learn, and how to help them to study more efficiently.


Margaret Rawson was a founder of the Jemicy School, and the Orton Dyslexia Society, of which she was a Past President. She authored Dyslexia Over the Lifespan: Adult Accomplishments of Dyslexic Boys - a 55 Year Longitudinal Study, Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Service, 1955. The publication brought her national acclaim, and offered hope to dyslexics and their families.

Her insights remain as pertinent today as then. In a personal interview, she stated that, "For reason of choice or necessity, we generally teach people in groups, but it is as individuals that they learn. Everybody learns. All humans learn. All animals learn. What and how you learn is different in every situation."

Another Past President of the International Dyslexia Association, then the Orton Dyslexia Society, Bill Ellis, commented that anyone who met Margaret would never forget the brightness of that encounter. A wonderful friend and guide, she celebrated 102 years of outstanding achievement.

She is still with us in spirit. She contributed to the international understanding of students with special needs, and the foundations she laid in dyslexia research, practice, and institutions will remain a tribute to her unparalleled greatness.