Wise words once told to me by a friend. The lady in the story for today uses a similar approach and has been able to work with her Dyscalculia using the resources she has and by asking help and keeping her Faith.
I could not understand why, with all the resources available to me, I just could not seem to grasp the (math) concepts. I felt as if I was a disappointment to my family, who clearly had different brains than I did.
Read the uplifting and remarkable story of this teenage boy, held back by so many neurological issues, but who defies all odds and doctor’s predictions and succeeds to find success and international acclaim.
Read the horrendous story about how professors in this day and age still can ignore learning disabilities and deny simple accommodations to those who need it. Our Dyscalculia Awareness course should be compulsory for all teaching professionals.
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.
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