Past Anne Ford Scholarship Winners

2016 – Elijah Ditchendorf

Elijah Ditchendorf is known and respected by all for his hard work, leadership and kindness. From an early age, he has been attending and participating in his IEP meetings and is an effective and confident self-advocate for needed supports and accommodations. Despite his struggles with dyslexia, he has a transcript filled with honors and advanced placement courses, and has chosen to study nanotechnology and biomedical engineering in college. When asked about his journey through school, Elijah spoke about his commitment to “give back,” sharing details about his fundraising for earthquake victims in Haiti and his many hours of volunteer tutoring. And when asked about his LD, Elijah explained that, “there is nothing wrong with learning differently, as long as you are honest about the kinds of supports you need to achieve your goals.”

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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