In what seems like my never-ending quest to gain as many perspectives about learning as possible, I came across an opinion piece authored by Robert Glazer in which he explored the thought, “What’s easy for you may feel impossible to someone else” (anonymous). What a perfect perspective to continue our exploration of what a learning disability may feel like for our children and students, and not unlike last week's thought, “walking a mile in someone else's shoes.”
What may be surprising to some is that, even though this can be applied so well within an educational context, Robert Glazer is not involved in the field of education. In fact, he is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners, a partner marketing agency.
I know...you may be asking how this person could possibly relate to any of the issues we experience with our own children or students with learning disabilities. That is, in fact, the beauty of this article, because isn’t our ultimate goal for our children or students with learning disabilities to thrive and be successful in adulthood, in the workplace, in personal relationships? The fact that a CEO is suggesting that we understand another’s own level of abilities in order to create a more successful workplace is encouraging.
Glazer further explains that what is easy for you may be your unique ability and that others may not possess this same unique ability but may bring other unique abilities to the table. How accurately does this reflect the message we try to advance about our students who struggle, who may not fit the mold, or who may not know what their unique ability is yet?
If you would like a chance to experience what your child with a learning disability may be feeling in the classroom, there is still time to register for Springer’s next workshop “Looking Harder Is Not a Strategy.” During this virtual workshop, participants will experience a classroom simulation that demonstrates what it’s like to have a learning disability, and you will gain a foundational understanding of learning disabilities.
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