In response to a student’s lawsuit claiming he failed two classes because the school inconsistently accommodated his learning disabilities, Southern Oregon University argues that Mikhail Savona received “numerous accommodations” and said it stands by the academic standards committee that denied changing his F grade in a freshman-level class last year.
At Brandfort college they heard inspiring stories from a range of accomplished women; one stuck out:
From Bev Fox, head of FE art, science and humanities at the college, there was a story of overcoming dyslexia and dyscalculia and discrimination. As a physical trainer in the Army, she was able to train young men to join the elite Parachute Regiment but was not allowed to become a Para herself. That frustration, along with the military’s stance on LGBT personnel at the time, saw her move into the prison service and then into teaching, as a public services and sports tutor.
She said: “My advice is, whatever you want to be, just go for it.”
A problem in German: because of the way we say numbers I always get terribly confused with some two to more digit numbers. (for example: “seven-and-thirty” is 37 but my brain has trouble translating that) I fear I have slight dyscalculia
We know people with dyscalculia have trouble with basic arithmetic but here is a conversation with someone explaining some other issues that cause them problems:
Then there’s the no sense of time, direction or spatial awareness aspects. Since numbers don’t make much sense to me, I easily lose track of time and am always late. If you leave me in a large paper bag, I will get lost. Making mental maps, reading maps, finding my way about is another set of tasks my brain misfires on. I walk into immovable objects a lot. Doors, door frames, the occasional wall and more can all bear witness to this. No those bruises are not dodgy, and yes I really did walk into a door. I forget how long my arms are, how wide my shoulders are and prang them constantly.
It looks like the stories pop up everywhere, about how unknown dyscalculia is. HERE is a story from a girl who talks back to all the people that didn’t help her during the school years. And in the link for today an article from the Gazette about it.
As far as I can remember, numbers have meant absolutely nothing to me. I’m frequently late to social events, meetings, and nail appointments. I get lost at my place of work, at least once a week. When I pay for things in cash, there’s a good chance I under pay. Some may read these behaviors as a reflection of poor character, but the reality is I have a learning disability called dyscalculia.
A letter to the editor of the FT about an article they ran a while ago. The article suggested that everyone should have math education until age 18. The writer of the letter to the editor maintains that children who have trouble with math should not be forced to take math until 18. Here is the concluding quote:
Forcing children who don’t have mathematical brains to study it not only destroys their self-confidence but can destroy that most precious joy, the joy of learning. Maths can ruin lives as well as make them.
Because of the societal stigma that comes with struggling with maths, people seem to think it’s acceptable to laugh about it. Working in a pub, I try and stick to waitressing as often as possible to get out of working the till, as I often come across customers who decide that my hesitance and double or triple checking of their change is something to laugh at or comment on. I don’t think they realise how patronising and embarrassing it is – and I don’t help myself by laughing it off or preempting it with a “bear with me, I’m awful at maths” – it’s just that I can’t look at a handful of change and tell you if it’s correct without second-guessing myself.
Reddit is a site where people exchange messages and there are sub reddits for various interests. Well there is one about the game Dungeons & Dragons and someone in there is asking what to do now one of the players in their team has joined with Dyscalculia. Amazing to see the creativity of that community to try and help him out. Not all suggestions are good or make any sense but wonderful how they all try to help. By the time I read it there were over 70 comments.
A great photographer, who is diagnosed with dyscalculia, is interviewed and here is what she had to say about it:
TNS: What is your greatest challenge while photographing. You’ve been diagnosed with dyscalculia. Does that make adjusting aperture and shutter speed the most difficult bit, or could it be safety/security concerns?
SK: In knowing and owning your disability, which in my case as you rightly stated is dyscalculia, I feel it has given me a strength and clarity which I may never have had had I not got the diagnosis.
Read the personal story in our link for today. The passage that struck me was the one below where the writer shows creativity to deal with the ignorance of the teacher.
When I was in 3rd grade, the teacher saw me counting on my fingers and told me I needed to do math in my head. I knew I couldn’t do that, so I’d count objects around the classroom instead. When the teacher noticed me looking around the room, she told me to stop “daydreaming.” Since there were a lot of times I actually was off task and not paying attention, I got told to stop daydreaming on a regular basis.
What I didn’t know at the time was that, in addition to ADHD, I have dyscalculia.
In our link for today a saga from an employee who got lots of accommodations for a required test, failed and then still sued to get more accommodations but the tribunal who judged it decided that the organization had done enough.
Read this interesting story about a would be photographer who didn’t get passed using the iphone with instagram, until at a workshop the workings of the NIKON camera were explained in such a way that a person with dyscalculia could understand it.
Listen to the story of a single mom who tried to get support for her child with dyscalculia. When that didn’t work out she took action and changed her life to support her child.
To support Moms like this Dyscalculia Services has developed a resource of over 35 videos and over 150 downloadable pages with tips, examples, tricks and games to help teach your child Math. See it at MomsTeachMath.com