I have been living with learning disabilities since 1982.
As you all know, this is a pretty common condition to have.
There isn’t any medication to take to offset any symptoms. It isn’t fatal.
I have to just deal with it and find ways to make it work for me.
But you should have seen the so-called professionals trying to figure out what was wrong with me before they did.
I had a pediatrician I could not stand! Whenever he would walk into the room, I began to cry incessantly! It got so bad that the doctor thought I would be uneducable.
After a session, a psychologist was so astounded I didn’t know what a frankfurter was. My mother had to point out that we had always been calling them “hot dogs.”
Yes, my future was going to be determined by how much I cried and by knowing the definition of certain words.
Finally an IQ test revealed my learning disabilities. I can usually pick up information fairly quickly but being able to maintain the information is a totally different story.
In school I used a tape recorder for lectures instead of a notebook.
I had to have tests read to me. I recall in junior high, my geography teacher had us memorize all 50 states on the map. God bless this man…he would go out of his way to come up with tricks to help me remember the names. For example, Louisiana is shaped like a boot.
Finding teachers who were able to come up with ways for me to comprehend the material was never an issue. I just wish that it had been that easy for me to get a job!
After graduating from high school, I opted to go into the workforce. Or I should say, I tried to.
You want a sure-fire way to not get hired? Have a learning disability!
I encountered interviewers who clearly showed curiosity about why someone with my condition would even try to seek employment. I would handle over my resume and they would be so hesitant to take it…as if I had a contagious disease.
They would act as if I was a complete waste of their time!
After several years, I decided to go down the self-employed route and become a dog sitter. I have been doing this for 13 years and plan to do it for as long as I can.
I have been actively pursuing a career as a writer and I am proud to say that it is really taking off.
I have never been ashamed of my learning disabilities and I am not going to start now!
And quite frankly I don’t have time for those who think I should.
Author, Amy Temple.