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:

If you are a STUDENT or a FORMER STUDENT with an IEP, FSP, or 504 plan, please fill out my short, anonymous survey:

If you are a certificated TEACHER, please fill out my short, anonymous survey:

Thank you so much for all your help!

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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 about whether there were any special considerations people with LDs have when overseas. Do you use assistive technology that can be used outside the US? Do you have any tips or strategies for others with LDs traveling or studying abroad? Thanks!

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In an effort to get some discussion going, let's talk about educators. I'm sure everyone has had an instructor over the years who's Made A Difference in their lives, whether for the better or for the worst. Who were yours? If you ARE an instructor, or want to be an instructor, feel free to share your stories and observations as well.

Some noteworthy instructors in my academic history:

1) My third grade teacher, Mrs. B. She was the first one to recognize that there was a problem. She had been watching me all year, and saw the way my mind wandered and drifted, but could hyperfocus on certain things. She never gave up on me--she believed in me, continually telling me how smart and creative I was even when I was doing so poorly I was having perpetual stomach issues from the stress. When I went to be tested for ADHD, I was in danger of failing third grade. After I was medicated, my grades went up significantly, and I managed to get through the year successfully. If I had had anyone else, it might have been a drastically different story. I owe a lot to her.
2) Ms. C. She was my intermediate algebra professor (college instructor). I went into her class with a bag of emotions. I was dazed and shocked and wounded and humiliated from having been kicked out of school; I was pissed I had to take this stupid math class when I really just wanted to suffer through calculus and stats, which is required for my degree. I was also terrified, because, well, I'd been SO bad at math for SO long that I had become afraid of it, as afraid of it as if it were a facehugger or something. This woman worked wonders for me. I made a grade I expected on the first exam--a 72--and she wrote on my test, "You can do better than this. I believe in you."--despite having the paperwork in her hand that said, clearly, that I had dyscalculia. The next test, I made a 96, and it was one of the best days of my life, you guys. When I looked at her after she handed me that test and just beamed at her, she said, "See? I knew you could do it." She spent a semester encouraging me in everything, praising me for everything I did, and for the first time in my life, I felt GOOD about my math skills. I believed that I really could be a scientist, that I COULD get it right. I've not lost that feeling, despite currently struggling with advanced algebra.

So, who were yours?

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Hi! I'm your friendly neighborhood mod for learndisability. This will be the official post for introducing yourselves (in the comments), so...I'll start!

My name is Nikki. I'm 23 years old as of today. I am a junior-ish in college. I have been diagnosed with ADHD and dyscalculia, as well as generalized anxiety disorder. As of right now, I am currently taking 10mg of Lexapro and 15mg of methylphenidate delivered through a patch (the brand name is Daytrana in the US). I went through a crapload of testing to get to this diagnosis; I was first diagnosed with ADHD as a young child (about age 8 or so) after a torturous year of floundering all over the place in third grade. I took ritalin for several years, and took myself off of it in eighth grade. I resumed taking it after I flunked out of college the first time, and a year after I returned to college, I went through about 6 hours of psych evals to determine what wasn't working right in my brain. The dyscalculia made perfect sense; I'd always known there was something more going on than simply being "bad at math."

Today, I am in school for microbiology, after having been kicked out of my first university for a second time. I am currently holding a 3.-something GPA, and somehow, I managed to make an A in a college-level math course.

It's one of the best things I've ever done.

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