The Conversation

Learning Disabilities & Special Needs

We're starting the school year off with a discussion on disability in the classroom. Parents and students alike will be sharing their wisdom and experiences. From the trauma of IEP meetings to becoming a better parent advocate, we hope to move these topics from the margins to the center of mainstream discussions on education, accessibility, and learning.

My IEP Gave Me PTSD: A Student's Perspective

Although the IEP meeting had good intentions to help me, it led me down a path of low self esteem and a lot of self doubt.
Submitted by Mandy Ree | 08.18.17 12am
image credit: Mariah Aro Sharp @mightymooseart

We Need To Talk About How Childhood Trauma Affects Education

Don’t most kids feel afraid to come home?
Submitted by Joni Edelman | 08.15.17 11am

Growing Up With Autism And ADHD, I Had To Adapt My Own Education

The education system isn’t designed for students like me. From as early as preschool up through my master’s degree, I struggled in a traditional classroom setting for a few reasons, and needed to...
Submitted by Alaina Leary | 08.14.17 12am

My Kids Don't Have A Neurotypical Afterschool Routine

We learned early on that the kids would need some adjustments made to their lives outside of school in order for them to survive the world amongst the neurotypical.
Submitted by Jonita Davis | 08.14.17 12am

5 Key Ways You Can Be The Best Parent Advocate For Your Special Needs Child

Trust your instincts. You are the expert when it comes to your child. Don’t be afraid to speak up, to stand your ground, to share what works at and what doesn’t. Your input is valuable.
Submitted by Lisa Aro | 08.14.17 12am