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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By Billy Edwards, Jr.

I attended several elementary and high schools, but none of them found or treated my learning problems. I received good grades until I went to Catonsville Community College in Baltimore, Maryland. I couldn't take good notes, understand what I read, or keep up. I took only one class.

My mother took me to a Learning Specialist who found I could not process information very well, and that I was reading on a seventh grade level. She helped me to process information better and to add to my knowledge of basic skills. We practiced reading and comprehension exercises. In 13 months, my reading advanced to the eleventh grade level, and I took more classes.

This time, while in college, I continued with the Learning Specialist. She assisted me with my coursework, organization, and special needs. I began to eat regularly and to get enough rest to be healthy and do well in school. I learned to use a calendar to pace my studies and other activities. I also learned that taking notes in red ink and highlighting in blue highlighter works best for me.

Later that year, I began getting decent grades in computer science, psychology and art history. I then attended a two year college part time, as a well as a four year college part time. After, I transferred to a four year college in the spring. Recently, I graduated from the four year college. I wanted to be a computer programmer and a counselor on the weekends like my mother. Thanks to my program of remediation, I have started a business involved in repairing and building customized computers, and selling various hardware and software.

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