The Challenge: Double Agents‘ 17th episode aired this week and it had an exciting mini final for the female competitors that allowed fans to see how the final four women compare in terms of physical and mental ability. One of the competitors, rookie Amber Borzotra, was seen struggling during the daily challenge when she was unable to solve the math equation at the first checkpoint.
The Big Brother star remained at the first checkpoint attempting to solve it until the other competitors finished the daily challenge and she came in last with her partner Fessy Shafaat. After the episode aired, Amber took to social media to tell fans of the show that she has dyscalculia, a math learning disability often referred to as “number dyslexia” or “math dyslexia.”
Y’all, I know I suck at math lol. I have what’s called Dyscalculia AKA number dyslexia. It’s a disability I have lived with my entire life. Literally have always struggled..Not my strong suit, but I tried my hardest 🤍 #TheChallenge36
Great story from Neela Mischell in the Methow Valley News:
I am a friend, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a niece and a granddaughter. I am Indian, I wear glasses and I’m 5 feet tall. I like to paint, draw and listen to music. I am a lover of cats, a poet, an artist and a writer. I believe women’s rights are human’s rights, people can love who they want to love, science is real and kindness is everything. And I have dyscalculia.
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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.
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