I Believe...

I Believe... LD = Learning Difference

  • By diagnosis – yes I have a learning disability.

  • By law – yes I have a learning disability.

  • When I talk to professors, counselors, and staff – yes I use the term, learning disability.

  • My self-perception – I have a learning difference.

  • I choose to have a difference and not a disability.

  • When you label yourself – you disable yourself.

  • When you think differently – you feel differently.

I Believe... reading and writing have nothing to do with intelligence.

  • Realize that to have a true L.D. you must have normal to above-normal intelligence.

  •  Reading and writing have a lot to do with success, but nothing to do with intelligence.

  • Work to improve your reading and writing skills each day. … but, never let the words and sentences bog you down or bring you down.

  • Don’t let what you cannot do well (reading, writing or math) interfere with what you can do well – think critically.

  • Everyone has different talents – appreciate yours.

I Believe... that we carry the past with us (and don’t realize it).

  • What we think of ourselves early on in life (grades 1, 2 & 3), stays with us throughout our lives.

  • Don’t allow negative past experiences or feelings affect how you value yourself today.

  • Learn from your past, but don’t carry it with you.

  • Don’t view life through your rear view mirror.

  • Look to the future with excitement and hope.

I Believe... we must be resilient.

  • The most successful people are not the smartest; they are the most resilient.

  • Everyone gets knocked down. The question is, will you get back up?

  • Failure is beneficial when you learn from it and try again. Work to improve your reading and writing skills each day.

  • Failure is absolute when you give up and don’t try again.

  • Never lose hope. Bounce back. Keep trying!

  • Successful people are not afraid to fail.

I Believe... you only see the world you make.

  • Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the house of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”

    In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back it him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”

-Author unknown

  • If you can’t find happiness in yourself, it’s impossible to find it elsewhere.

  • People like positive people.

  • People like to help positive people.

  • The real secret of success is enthusiasm.

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." -Aristotle

I Believe ... school is better than real life.

  • School can be frustrating for us.

  • School can be tedious, too.

  • Please understand that doing a job(s) beneath your intelligence for the rest of your life is even more frustrating and tedious.

  • It's ironic that students can't wait to work, while most members of the workforce wish they could return to school.

  • Appreciate school -realize your potential -live your dream.

  • Usually more education = more income/money.

"A man is what he knows. " -Francis Bacon

I Believe ... for colleges, the next great group to recruit are students with Learning Disabilities.

  • We, the gifted at risk, are the next great wave of college diversity.

  • Great in numbers -great in fulfillment of potential.

  • 1 year, 2 year, or 4 year ... you will end up where you see yourself.

  • You will end up where you believe you will end up.

  • Realize that our thoughts create our lives.

  • Think big! Dream big!

"Who dares, wins!" -Anonymous

I Believe ... in you!


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