My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Learning Disabilities Assoc of America, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
When I was five years old and beginning to learn to read, my mother received a phone call from my teacher, “Katie is such a talkative and bright little girl, but something is not adding up. Katie isn’t learning her letters as quickly as the other students in my class. I’m worried. I think she has dyslexia.” Thankfully, I had a seasoned teacher who recognized the symptoms and a mother who listened to her cries for help. My mother began researching dyslexia and how it impacted learning. She would not stand on the sidelines and wait for someone else to fix me. She was determined to help her baby. My mother attended her first conference, which was put on by the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and felt immediate comfort in knowing that she was at the forefront as the scientists presented their latest research on learning disabilities. She spoke directly to the researchers and communicated with the top psychologists. She studied their research and did something unthinkable at that time; she began to put this research into practice with me as her guinea pig. As a result LDA’s unbelievable wealth of knowledge and my mother’s dedication to my success, I overcame the struggles associated with dyslexia. I love to read, write and most of all, learn.
At twenty years old, I attended my first Learning Disabilities Association of America’s national conference. It was there that I realized not everyone with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, had experienced the same success story as me. I immediately wanted to give back to this phenomenal organization. I joined a team of volunteers that have poured out their hearts to volunteer at events and offer advocacy to those in need of assistance. Today, LDA reaches over 40,000 individuals across the nation and hosts one of the greatest conferences in the field. LDA has a brand new website to increase awareness of learning disabilities, several grants to fund new projects and highlight policies, new board members that are cutting-edge and the opportunity to create more success stories, like mine. LDA’s team work has played a huge role in helping to provide opportunities for success for individuals with learning disabilities and reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. I am so grateful that LDA has allowed me to be a part of their mission and encourage others to join our efforts.
Thank you for sharing your story Katie93. We hope it helps others!