Past Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Winners

2014 – Kaila Hatton

Kaila Hatton grew in a family that is no stranger to LD. Her father and a long line of relatives share similar struggles with dyslexia, and her mother, determined to create a better life for her family, studied to become a certified reading instructor, unraveling the mysteries of grammar, writing and spelling for Kaila and honing her skills as an advocate for her family and others. While Kaila’s family was instrumental in helping her sharpen her self-advocacy skills over the years, today, she is in the driver’s seat as a self-assured young woman with a focused passion: caring for animals. Kaila has built an extensive resume in the veterinary field and in equine therapy for students with special needs. Kaila will graduate high school as a certified veterinary technician assistant, a stepping stone to her goal of becoming fully certified as a veterinary technician, which she will pursue next year through an associate’s degree in Veterinary Science from St. Petersburg College.

From the policy blog

IT with LD

Written by Aidan Satterwhite, NCLD Young Adult Leadership Council Member | 2 weeks ago

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was very young. Too young to remember, in fact. Many know that life with a learning disability can be quite challenging, but those challenges have also taught me courage, humility, and perseverance.

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