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Do you have dysclaculia? Share your experience by taking my survey! [17 Apr 2014|05:43pm]

Subject: Brief Online Study for Students Diagnosed with Learning Disability/Disabilities.

Hello my name is Elizabeth Geiger and I am a masters student in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am looking for individuals who would like to participate in my research study exploring the life experiences of students diagnosed with a learning disability/disabilities. This survey should only take about 20 minutes of your time.

If you are willing and eligible to participate, please click on the link provided below. Thank you in advance for your time and input. Also, I would really appreciate it if you could pass this message along to anyone else that you think may be eligible and willing to participate.

Eligibility Criteria:
* Must be at least 18 years old.
* Must reside in the U.S.
* Must be diagnosed with a learning disability/disabilities.
* Must be currently enrolled in college or graduate school.

If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested in participating, please click on the link below to take you to the survey:


***This study has been approved by the Teachers College, Columbia University Institutional Review Board: (Protocal #14-020).

It is possible that participants may recall experiences and events involving stigmatization and discrimination that may be unpleasant or uncomfortable. In order to help minimize any discomfort, participants may skip questions or leave the survey at any time without penalty.

If you have any complaints, questions, concerns, or would like to know the results, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at efg2116@tc.columbia.edu or my faculty sponsor Dr. Melanie Brewster at melanie.brewster@tc.columbia.edu.
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Although not pertaining to dyscalculia directly [20 Nov 2013|12:01pm]

This article about one woman's experiences with disability, and coping with monetary struggles is well written and thought provoking.
My Value: Autism, Feminism and Poverty
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Numbers Games Devised to Aid People with "Dyscalculia" [11 Jan 2013|09:02am]

[ mood | rejuvenated ]

"A cognitive scientist who studies numerical cognition and a learning disability likened to dyslexia for mathematics works on identifying its cause as well as ways to help those who suffer from it."
Click here for the article!

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Welcome to Mars [02 Sep 2012|05:13pm]

Hello. I haven't posted here in ages, but long story short, I have dyscalculia and also work with kids who have learning disabilities.

Some of you may have heard of an essay called "Welcome to Holland." Some people love it, but I personally found it incredibly degrading on a number of levels. So I decided to write my own essay, Welcome to Mars. I'm not sure how it will be received, honestly - I'm a little worried I'll also rub people the wrong way. At the same time, I really do want to offer a slightly more personal and optimistic perspective.
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Dyscalculia and Driving??? [28 Aug 2012|12:13pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hi everyone. I'm newly learning how to drive, and I'm scared of my dyscalculia causing problems for me so that I can't learn. More specifically, I'm worried about lack of a sense of direction, difficulty with left and right, spacial relations problems, understanding the layout of roads, and reading the numbers on road signs quickly and comprehending them (correctly) and fast enough to compensate my own speed... so also reading the speedometer on the car correctly. I want to know has anyone else with dyscalculia attempted this and found themselves to be a successful driver? Am I worrying over nothing?

I guess I am afraid this will be something else in my life I find impossible because of my LD. I already can't go (confidently) to make a purchase, hand money to a cashier, and get change back that I know for sure is correct. I can't tell you how many weird looks I've gotten from cashiers over the years. One even sarcastically commented, "...And I thought I was bad at math."

It is at the point where I can have a panic attack just thinking about having to make a purchase. I don't want driving to be anything like that. I *need* it to be something I can do to improve upon my independence in life. Where I live, driving is what you must do to survive. We have no layout of public transit or I'd be using that instead.

I have read a book called My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel. It is was a life-changing event to read that memoir because it was JUST like me in so many ways. I went back and read over the chapters to see if Samantha references successfully learning to drive. There is a single sentence about her driving, but nothing about if it caused problems. Maybe it didn't. Maybe I'm worrying over nothing, but it seems like if Samantha (who seems to be so much like me in regards to dyscalculia) can drive, then surely I can learn as well.

The scariest part is driving is something that if you mess up badly enough, you could die or kill someone. I am very afraid of that, obviously. So... I know none of you know my exact situation or how badly my LD is, but can you give me your own experiences with driving? Any pitfalls you experienced or ways you found to overcome the problems? That would be most helpful to me, as well as any encouragement you have to give. Thank you in advance.

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Yesterday... [26 Jul 2012|09:44am]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

I found this very interesting video about Dyscalculia... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_Hqdqe84Uc

Also I found this really good explanation of Dyscalculia...

Any thoughts? Seems he has done some significant research. Exciting stuff!! My jaw was hanging open as I watched the video above because I was so surprised and excited about his new way of testing for Dyscalculia!

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Wow... it sounds like (from this interview) that Henry Winkler has dyscalculia! [03 May 2012|06:17pm]

Huh. I never knew that. How cool that he's working with disabled kids now to help them be as successful in life as he's become. :)
Talkin' about this interview here-
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[13 Apr 2012|12:33am]

I'm eighteen years old now, but as a kid, I had always suspected there was something different about me.  At first, it wasn't much of a problem.  It was only as I grew older that it became more and more apparent. 

It began, I think, with telling the time.  I simply could not grasp the concept of time, or how to read an analog clock.  I sat down with my mother everyday after school; I can still remember that colourful plastic clock with the moveable black foam hands.  She'd spend hours trying to teach me how to read those numerals.  I didn't understand.  Didn't understand what there was to tell- what was time? I couldn't for the life of me, comprehend what those numbers meant, what their significance was .  It all seemed very complex, like some ancient puzzle.  I must have had about 12 different watches by the age of 11, but it was only at the age of 13 that I finally managed to get a vague idea what time meant, and how to read it correctly.  My dad honestly believed I was stupid.  He's a maths teacher, and famously insensitive to the emotions of others- he seems to have a notorious blind spot for people's feelings. 

  "She's trying to humour you," he scoffed, when at 14, I told him that my friend, a brilliant scholar and prize student, had admitted to experiencing difficulty telling the time as a child, too.  "She's much too intelligent for that!"
I said nothing, but his words stung; they always did.  That was another of my troubles with maths, growing up.  My dad. 

You would think that as a teacher, he would have immense patience for explaining the logical processes of mathematics.  After all, it was his job, was it not? Sure, his students were teenagers; not little kids, like me.  But his patience for explaining maths to me wasn't improved by my "coming of age."  In fact, it only got worse.

At seven years old, I had fought back tears during maths class, when the rest of my class played "Around the World", a game where they would recite the multiplication tables in a circle, each time increasing in speed.   And as the years went by, I begin to notice more idiosyncrasies; ways I was different to my peers.

I couldn't understand card games.  I was hopeless at every one, except simple games like Snap! and Go Fish.  If the rules were explained to me, they seemed absolutely incomprehensible, like a foreign language. The person was speaking English, but the words they were saying meant nothing to me.  And when the game began, and it came to my turn, I'd always do it wrong, and everyone would laugh at me.  I hated the way they laughed (and I experienced this very recently in fact, at a party).  So condescendingly, because it was so easy, wasn't it? Only a fool would fail to grasp something so effortless, so laughably simple

  I struggled endlessly with sports.  In hockey, football and just about any team game my sports-crazed school forced us to play, I had no idea what I was doing on the pitch.  I was good at scoring baskets, though, and was made Goal Shooter for the team.  Having a spatial understanding of my position was on the netball court was difficult enough.  In hockey, it was impossible.  I ran cluelessly around, or simply stood there, not knowing where to go.  The drills however, were the worst.  They traumatized me and made my teammates treat me with overt contempt.  I couldn't remember the order in which you were supposed to run, pass and shoot.  I would miss out a step, or pass the ball too early.  And when the teacher would tell us to speed up... oh, god.  Disaster.  I'll never forget the hurt and humiliation I felt when particularly unpleasant younger students would make snarky comments about my inability to do drills properly.  They, too, treated me like I was stupid.

When my father, a tutor, or another maths teacher would try to explain a new technique to me, I couldn't grasp it at all.  When it came to demonstrating what we'd learned in tests, I always came bottom of the class.  Teachers quickly became irritated with my inability to remember anything they had "taught" me.  They called me lazy, disinterested.  Especially since I was in the top sets for English and languages.  My father was the worst, because he'd always shout at me until I cried.

Anyway, I'm glad to have found this community. 

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Autistic Girl Expresses Unimaginable Intelligence [14 Jan 2012|08:15am]

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On Dreamwidth [06 Aug 2011|03:59pm]

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know there's another community dedicated to dyscalculia on Dreamwidth (just in case you're over there and active). It's [community profile] dyscalculia. :)
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[03 Aug 2011|01:44pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hello All! My name is Melissa, and I'm a para-educator for a special ed department in a public high school. I'm part way through my master's degree and teaching certificate, and for one of my classes I'm doing some research on what people think about including multimedia and technology in instruction for students with IEPs, FSPs, and 504 plans. I'd really appreciate any and all participation in my project.

If you are the PARENT or GUARDIAN of a child with an IEP, FSP, or 504 plan, please fill out my short, anonymous survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9GMNBFP

If you are a STUDENT or a FORMER STUDENT with an IEP, FSP, or 504 plan, please fill out my short, anonymous survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9BTKGJF

If you are a certificated TEACHER, please fill out my short, anonymous survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/93NBY3D

Thank you so much for all your help!

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[20 Jul 2011|08:52pm]

Hi, I am writing an article about traveling to other countries (especially for study abroad) with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD. I do not have an LD or ADD so I would love to hear from anyone who has been to a foreign country or people who have come to the US. Do you use assistive technology that can be used in other countries? Do you have any tips or strategies for others with traveling or studying abroad? Are there differences about whether LDs are recognized or understood in different cultures? Thanks!
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Such an eye opening night. [12 Jul 2011|10:43pm]

Hi, i'm new here.  I had no idea, i mean literally no idea that my problems with maths might be a learning disorder.  I have struggled since i can remember with even basic maths, i can remember sitting in a technology class at school crying because i just couldn't do what was in front of me.  

A few days ago i was at work, i work for my dad so my job is pretty laid back.  I do office work and help out in his workshop.  I run credit card payments through our system from customers as part of my job.  I had to do this last week, normally i focus and get it right, i triple check everything i put through.  Well i was tired last week and unfocused and i accidentally put a payment through wrong, i'd jumbled the numbers up which does sometimes happen to me.  I didn't realize until i checked with the bank to receive the payment into the system properly.  Imagine my embarrassment when i had to call up the customer to explain.  My dad was pretty mad but i tried to tell him i'm no good with numbers, i said that maybe i had dyslexia but with numbers.  I was joking really.  My dad is dyslexic so i think he gets how frustrating it can be.

Tonight i decided to look online and see if my 'number dyslexia' comment had any validity.  It does!  So my question is how do i go about getting tested for this?
I got through my undergrad degree by, well,not cheating really... more getting help from friends when i had to take statistics.  Luckily the material graded was all coursework and i'll be honest and say i managed to avoid any of it and still pass the course.   I also had to do a research project and i somehow managed to convince my supervisor to do all of the maths work involved, i'm still not sure how i did that.  I'm set to start my masters soon and i know there will be maths involved.  I've tried to take math courses online from different schools, i dropped out of them.  When i sat the GRE test to try and get into the grad school i wanted to attend i think i maybe got under 25% of it right and that was mostly guess work.  
I don't want to fail my graduate degree due to this maths problem.  How can i tell them that when i see numbers my brain basically shuts off and i can't think?
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Nearly 1 In 7 People On Earth Is Disabled, Survey Finds [10 Jun 2011|08:34am]

If you are feeling alone, this article may help.
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okay, just curious about how ya'all feel about these comments( this is totally me venting ). [11 Mar 2011|05:16pm]

[ mood | cranky ]

"NH GOP Senator Says The Disabled and Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia"

the article here: http://www.addictinginfo.org/?p=2754

Personally, it infuriates me. I think this kind of attitude is a huge problem. What can be done about it?

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facebook dyscalculia awareness classroom flyer made by Janine [01 Mar 2011|01:53pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

I just saw this cool message about a classroom flyer on the facebook dyscalculia forum and thought I'd share it here!

Our member Janine created this cool flyer - perfect for a classroom bulletin board! Print it out here:

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just sharing a quote I found inspiring :-) [15 Feb 2011|10:05pm]

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. -Albert Einstein
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[14 May 2010|05:10pm]

Long story short: when I was in 8th grade, a psychologist seemed to imply I had a math learning disorder, although he put no proper noun to it. Now I am wondering if I should pursue that again in an official capacity, but the cost is prohibitive. If you have the time to read the following I think I would benefit from the advice of some others who have been in this position before.

After the jump.Collapse )
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Major Cable Network Documentary on Children with LDs-needs help [19 Jan 2010|11:56am]
Please see earlier posting.  THanks 
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MAJOR CABLE NETWORK DOCUMENTARY on Children with Learning Differences [17 Jan 2010|04:28pm]

I am Co-Producing a documentary on children, ages 7-12 with Learning Differences.  

I am looking for expressive, self-aware kids with Dyscalculia (no children may participate without WRITTEN PARENTAL PERMISSION and our talking to parents, first) who can help explain both what it is like to live, day-to-day as well as in school with dyscalculia; but also who have a passion, talent, or gift that makes it clear that having a learning difference simply means you learn DIFFERENTLY.

The goals of this film are duo-fold

to debunk myths about learning differences-to explain exactly what they constitute (ie not Bipolar or Autism)
And to emphacise that those who have them are intelligent, talented individuals who simply need more help in one area of learning.

The second goal is to empower the children who participate both with the knowledge that they will be helping others who struggle with learning differences and also, we hope, to give them some control/satisfaction at the ability to speak out about what it is really like.

Looking for kids who have a current "story in process" ( perhaps trying to get into a new school. I can't estimate time but I am a marathoner; I can't take direction in a group sport but I'm preparing for a major sports event, etc)

Please contact me at LDFILM@AOL.COM

I will be happy to provide additional information.


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