Emil Ekvardt from Great.com interviewed NCLD several members of NCLD’s Young Adult Leadership Council as part of their ‘Great.com Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.
We all approach learning in a unique way. Understanding learning disabilities is about fostering an environment in which every student is supported and empowered to reach their potential, no matter how they learn. NCLD’s Director of Young Adult Initiatives, Joey Hunziker, discussed how the National Center For Learning Disabilities works to change education systems by centering the voices of students in policy discussions.
A disability should not hinder achievement
NCLD safeguards and expands the rights of students in American schools who have learning disabilities or attention issues. The organization has been advocating for students and raising awareness about learning disabilities for 44 years.
Joey explained that NCLD fights for a system that will empower students by recognizing their strengths and skills and nurture them properly. The organization’s Young Adult Leadership Council exists provide leadership and advocacy training for young adults and to ensure NCLD’s priorities reflect the needs of young adults with learning and attention issues.
In this interview, we heard from three young adults with learning disabilities, who described the problems they experienced growing up.
Abner explains that awareness is crucial. He describes how his parents were not equipped to support his educational needs because they didn’t really understand them.
For Joseph, the biggest issues are a discrepancy between what students need and what the system provides, as well as a lack of guidance and support for students at a young age.
Madison stresses the importance of time; students with learning disabilities are still capable of learning like everyone else, but this might just take a little longer. It’s up to educators to be more cooperative.
Listen to the whole interview to hear more from our young leaders about how they hope to improve students US education system.
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