Lia Beatty studies neuroscience at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. As is the case with many of the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues, fundamental and seemingly easy learning objectives have never come naturally for her. Hard work and resourcefulness carried her to college, and it was not until then that she was identified with dyslexia and ADD. She now understands that her ability to learn differently invigorates her ingenuity. The summer before her sophomore year, she realized that to feel like she had a stake in her education, she had to choose a trajectory that she knew would be impactful: neuroscience. She is interested in the relationship between neuroscience research and policy: How does communication between scientists and legislators affect how policy is made?
Although she was identified after she decided her major, the diagnoses have not only reassured her decision, but also led her toward advocacy work. During the academic year, she is a chapter leader and diplomat for Eye to Eye. Her artistic endeavors extend beyond the weekly art room. In addition to photography, she has recently gotten into printmaking and book-binding. She enjoys just about anything outdoors (barring mosquitoes and poison ivy). While she is not much of a recreational reader, you can catch her working through a book on psycholinguistics, neuroscience, LDs, and the like. If you find a book for her to read, add it to her list; she’ll get to it in a few years.