See how horrific this learning disability can be when teachers are not aware.
Yes! This! I have dyslexia/dyscalculia/ADHD. In 7th grade you couldn’t attend events like dances if you had less than a C in any class and I always had a D in math. I was devastated to miss them and finally my mom had to go in and raise hell so I could go to the last dance.
Read the opinion from Stephen Stern, the chair of Jewish studies at Gettysburg College, about proposals to start learning disabled people instead “differently abled” people. He puts his case forward and disagrees with this practice and gives an extensive explanation for it.
Presented here is a case study of Dylan (second author), an individual with dyscalculia who decided to major in statistics at University of California, Berkeley and become a statistician. Although she experienced significant issues of access—both in the standard tools used to do mathematics, and in navigating the structures at the university—she developed systems to enable her to compensate. She collaborated in this research enterprise in order to share with researchers, teachers, parents, and students her experiences with dyscalculia and how she was able to succeed in higher level mathematics.
The rapid transition to online school — for those who hadn’t made that choice themselves — has come with many downsides, from increasing inequity to the “Covid slide,” in which children lose some of this year’s learning, becoming less prepared to advance.But after millions of schoolchildren suddenly transferred to cyber school, some are finding a surprising upside: Complicated social dynamics can simplify, sometimes evaporate, as they learn online.
In our link for today a story from Ireland about someone growing up with several learning disabilities, among which Dyscalculia. Best quote:
Anyways if all those years taught me anything it is that if you’re bad at Maths or in my case school itself, it’s definitely not the end of the world. There are always multiple ways to study what you want, or get on the career path you want. If you feel like you’re trying your best at Maths but nothing is changing, or you’ve had a similar experience to what I’ve had, reach out and talk to someone. There is help available out there.
Once Mario Ornelas found out he had dyscalculia, dyslexia and weak working memory, he decided to give college another shot. He went to Landmark College, a school that focuses on helping students with dyslexia and other learning differences. In this video, he talks about what it was like to find a college program that supports students with learning differences.
Elinor McNeel left college in 1972 because she struggled with math. More than 40 years later, when she enrolled in Penn State World Campus to finish her degree, she learned that what she struggled with had a name: dyscalculia. She’s since completed her associate degree this past summer and is working toward her bachelor’s degree.
The story of someone who, due to her dyscalculia, can not manage a pin code. In the US this is not a major issue as the credit and bank cards can be used at chip and signature but over in Europe, you need a special requested card from your bank and, as the story shows, not all companies accept them.
In our link for today the story about a legal secretary who got into major trouble with firm partners, due to her dyscalculia. The story suggests that no accommodations were made for her and no understanding of the partners about her condition seemed to exist.
Tammy Brennan’s daughter Pebble was diagnosed with dyscalculia (like dyslexia, only with numbers) and she wasn’t getting the support she needed in the clasroom. By the time Pebble was nine Tammy decided she would be better off taught by her mother than at the local primary school. Not only did she quit her full time job, the single mum rearranged her life to make sure Pebble was given the best chance to succeed.
Read the great story by one of the students from Dyscalculia Services
Maya Terral 2/10/2019 Dyscalculia for 24 hours I have a disability that has always been a challenge. It doesn’t restrain me physically, however it is still a thorn in my side when it comes to daily life. My disability is called dyscalculia, a math learning disability that makes number comprehension and understanding basic math concepts very difficult. Dyscalculia is not as well known as other learning disabilities like dyslexia. For someone with dyslexia, it isn’t common that they have to explain what it is to others, but dyscalculia is a different case. I barely know anyone who is familiar with dyscalculia, and personally, I do not find that fair. Dyscalculia should be given just as much attention as dyslexia and any other learning disability because it is just as much of a struggle for those who have it.
Some of the more discernible symptoms of dyscalculia are high math anxiety (which I no doubt have), trouble memorizing or remembering math facts, and lack of number sense. I also struggle with paying attention in class. The teacher will be talking and I will try to pay attention, but in my head, I am in a totally different universe and am not listening to a single word the teacher is saying. Sometimes I have to admit I zone out voluntarily, but most of the time I can’t help it because I don’t understand what I am supposed to be doing. Teachers will often try to help me by breaking down the problems to attempt to make it easier for me to understand. Many times though, it instead becomes more puzzling. Most math teachers I’ve had think that to make a problem easier to understand, they have to add an overwhelming amount of steps to it, which is the opposite of what kids like me need. When the teacher tries to explain how the problem is executed, far too many words are used and they get jumbled in my brain. I’ve been accused of not trying or not caring many times by math teachers who don’t understand what it is like to have this disability and haven’t had the training to teach math to kids with dyscalculia. Math for kids with dyscalculia happens in the right brain, not the left, which is why more words mean more confusion. Math must be more experiential and have more visual aids and real life examples to help me. Sadly all this misunderstanding, in addition to the difficulty with me grasping the concepts, automatically gives me a negative opinion of math, and probably a negative opinion of me to my math teachers.
If I had a superpower it would be the ability to give everyone in the world dyscalculia for 24 hours so they would understand the real struggles that come along with it. I hope that when those 24 hours are up, people would have a better understanding of what I and everyone else with dyscalculia are going through and that it is not something to be overlooked or disregarded as merely a dislike for math.
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