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Posted Jun 05, 2007 at 10:05:17 PM
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My name is Kat and I'm 32 years old. I also have a learning disability. So does my older brother. I also been through a lot with having learning disability. But, I just keep going and try to reach my goal. I never give up. I also had a cleft plate (way in the back of my mouth) It's all fix now. I had that done when I was 5 years old. I believe that's how it I got LD.

I've always believed that I have Dyslexia. I have never been tested. Can a person be tested online? I'm just wondering.

1: My handwriting is messy
2: I'm not organized
3: I know how to say the word, when it comes to spelling it out and it just drives me nuts. So I'll look it up on the computer. I know what the word looks like and I'll use that word that I want.

I never read backwards. I know that's one of the signs in Dyslexia.

Does it sound like it? Maybe, it's something else.

Anyway, I wish people would stop being afraid of people with LD. I've been down that road in high school. I was standing with a friend some student walked up between us and told us, "Move! Move! Get out of the way" Of course he couldn't walk around us. He just had to be rude. I still say the schools should talk to the students about people with LD.

My mom has told me that I do have a gift: Computers and writing. :)

I'm here to chat with other people that has been down the same road as I am.


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Posted:Jun 06, 2007 12:23:03 PM

Hello Kat:

Glad you posted. Here are some suggestions about software that can help you with reading and writing.

Here are some recommendations for some text-to-speech programs which will allow your computer to read to your student. A program that I often use on my computer is TextAloud, www.nextup.com <http://www.nextup.com> ($50 with the voices). This program can read any text in any Windows program. It also comes with an Internet Explorer or Firefox plug-in which can help you read webpages. I find it is the best program for reading webpages.

I can also recommend that you might want to look at the programs available from Premier Assistive, www.readingmadeeasy.com <http://www.readingmadeeasy.com> . Although not as elegant as Kurzweil 3000 Premier Assistive has a program called Scan and Read Pro-($150). Scan and Read Pro-is a scanning/reading, audio book creation and word processing program which has a built-in dictionary and great word prediction. A number of school districts use their software. They have a grant program that allows school districts get their software for free. So if your district says they have no money for software this is a good bet to help them get some assistive software for LB students.

The Cadillac of scanning and reading programs is Kurzweil 3000 ($1500). A number of school districts use this program. www.Kurzweiledu.com . The nice thing about Kurzweil 3000 is the page that is to be read looks exactly like the page in the book. It has study skills and a simple word processor.

You might also consider obtaining FREE audio books on CD from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) www.rfbd.org . They have both textbooks and trade books recorded as audio books. One borrows the audio books from their lending library. It takes a specially adapted CD player to read these audio books. You may wish to check if your school has a player. Players can also be purchased from RFB&D.

Speech recognition software is very helpful with the writing process. Speech recognition software allows you to dictate to your computer and the computer does the typing, as well as, the spelling. The two best speech recognition systems today are Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.5, www.nuance.com , and Microsoft's new operating system Vista. Microsoft Vista has speech recognition built into the operating system. Both of these approaches to speech recognition are 99% accurate in turning dictation into written text.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Microsoft Vista both only take about 10 minutes to train the software to recognize your voice. Both Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Microsoft Vista come in different levels. The speech recognition is identical between the different levels of each eacha software system. So paying more money will not provide you with more accurate speech recognition. I am using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.5 to dictate this message to you.

It takes a while to get used to dictating to your computer. It took me a year to become really proficient at dictating and learning all of the commands to control my computer by voice. I'm really glad that I took the time to learn how to run speech recognition. Speech recognition is the most exciting thing that you can do on the computer today.

Jim Nuttall -- Michigan
Dictated with speech recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.1.

Jim -- Michigan www.geocities.com/jnuttallphd

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Posted:Aug 21, 2007 11:22:04 AM

Welcome to the forum.

Were you wearing a lable on you that said "I have LDs" when that person was rude? If not, it may be that it has nothing to do with your having an LD, and everything to do with that person being a jerk.... come to think of it, even if he did it because you have an LD, it is still everything to do with his being a jerk.

This past school year was the first time I ever told anyone publically that I am LD. I am actually kind of proud of my acheivements dispite my LDs... and showing others what a person with LDs can do pleases me at this point :-)

"Never give up, never surrender" -Galaxy Quest

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” -Albert Einstein

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; Be afraid only of standing still” -Chinese proverb

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Posted:Dec 02, 2007 9:09:02 PM

Hey Kat,

It's good to hear from peopel who have been down the road with LD.

Life isn't always easy. but we have to remember that we always don't walk it alone!

[Modified by: Raymond on December 02, 2007 09:21 PM]

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Posted:Dec 11, 2007 5:25:03 PM
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Posted:Jan 17, 2008 11:03:40 PM

Hi Kat, remember that you're a person that is gifted.
I believe people with adhd/ld like myself are gifted,and thats something we should focues on.

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Posted:Jan 22, 2008 4:37:56 PM

There are times when I get sick of beating my head against the wall and I want to beat someone else's head against a wall. I would like to start with those sadists at VR.

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