Last week I had the chance to connect with other (mostly) mom bloggers and a representative from the National Center on Learning Disabilities. The call was about learning disabilities, including ADHD, how they are perceived by the general public, and how we can make some positive changes around this subject.
I’ve raised a series of questions below. I’d love it if you could just leave a quick reply or even email me with your thoughts. It would do so much towards making positive changes.
One of the things we talked about was the stigma of having a learning disability or ADHD. Our disabilities are brain based and therefore invisible to others.
Do you feel a stigma around your ADHD? Is it something that you try to hide or even deny?
And what about behavior? When your ADHD symptoms cause you to do something perhaps embarrassing that is noticed by others, how does that make you feel? Are you ashamed? How do you react?
Or maybe you have a child with ADHD and/or a learning disability. How do you and others react to their behavior when it is propelled by their symptoms?
Again, it’s about stigma.
What about resources? If you have a child with ADHD or LD, do you advocate for them at school? Do you know their rights and what resources are out there?
Another thing that we discussed on this call was a subject that came up at the ADDA Conference in July – neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity means that we are all diverse – not just in race, religion, ethnic background, or even appearance, but in the way our brains operate.
Just as we strive to see everyone as equals with the same fundamental rights, we are also striving to help people apply that same compassion and understanding to those whose brains operate differently. This would include people with ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, and those with learning disabilities. I’m sure I’ve left out some important groups, but really, don’t all of our brains work just a little bit differently?
This is an important subject and I am proud to be doing what I can to help support the NCLD. Look for more soon.