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Left Behind and Ignored?


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Posted Nov 23, 2002 at 6:58:29 PM
Subject: Left Behind and Ignored?

I am currently a college freshman, and only recently has a teacher of mine asked me if I had a learning disability. For years (in elementary, middle, and high school) I had told my teachers that I thought something was wrong, but I was either ignored or told to forget about it, that "it was nothing important". Finally, a teacher listened to what I had to say and set up a testing date. The university director of students with disabilities did a "fake" test to see what I might have. She beleives I might have dyscalculia, which I agree with. When I see a number, I don't see the number, ussually a letter or a symbol. But when I have the real testing done in December, I'll know for sure.

Teachers need to be taught more about students with disabilties, and to listen when a student says something is wrong, even if his file does not have a learning disability cited.

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Posted:Nov 26, 2002 2:29:46 PM
Subject:Amen!

Realize that 20 years ago, most people were never diagnosed (though lots of accommodations happened because some teachers understood individual differences).
Also realize that an early diagnosis could very well have meant you got put in special ed classes and not gotten into college at all -- so don't get stuck too long being angry at what should have been.

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Posted:Dec 01, 2002 8:21:38 PM

Sounds like a good college. In many colleges you are simply a number, and there chances of a teacher asking this question is near zero. You are very fortunate. Is this is a small college, community college or a larger university? What school if you do not mind answering?

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Posted:Dec 29, 2002 10:05:42 AM

You're quite right. Lots of teachers do not want to deal with learning difficulties at all and intentionally ignore them - although when asked - many of them will tend to say how concerned they are etc. Too many teachers tend to say one thing (they want to help those with learning challenges) and do another (they do nothing). That's one of the reasons why a lot of kids tend to slip through the system.

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Posted:Jun 16, 2003 12:35:40 PM
Subject:Left behind

:) I understand where you are coming from I'm a 41 year old woman fill like i have a learning disablites i was juast put though school was'nt given any resaon to what was wrong with me as i had a hard time getting things though my brain but I'm going back to a community college an starting over square one .I did have a head injury when i was and infant so i do'nt know if that has ainpact on my learning are not but I'm going though some sort of testing to find what type of learning disablites i have.So lets hang in there as you and i not alone I felt enbrass in school but I'm over coming that as i want to get degree.

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