Stand Up for Your Child and the LD Community
This was an email sent to Dr. Ward and we wanted to pass it on....
People with learning disabilities (LD) can achieve great things, but they sometimes face an uphill battle to get the services they need. You can join the fight to make sure that children and adults with LD receive the supports they are entitled to and deserve.
A big first step: know the rights that protect individuals with LD at school and work. Next, stay tuned to our work on Capitol Hill by signing up for our monthly LDAction newsletter and keep your eyes peeled for Action Alerts that will allow you to communicate directly with your elected officials. Finally, download our LD Advocates Guide for step-by-step tips on how to make a difference.
One of the most inspiring fighters for LD rights is Dr. Marilyn Bartlett. Dr. Bartlett, a lawyer, spent eight years battling for reasonable accommodations for the bar exam in New York, and finally won a tremendous victory for the LD community. Hear her inspiring story in our video interview.
The NCLD team
As more and more children are medicated and diagnosed with ADHD it is important to realize what ADHD is. It is essentially a list of criterion based on observation where individuals observe a child and "rank" them compared to others on behaviors, etc. Many times people will provide testing, but again there is no deep look into the brain to find out what is actually going on.
I would think that I would want to know WHY there is a problem, not just a confirmation that there is one. This is especially important given that children's brains are not fully developed and the use of medications may NOT be appropriate for many children who are diagnosed with ADHD. Why? Because they don't have a brain-based attentional problem. Rather, it is something else. This "something else" is not assessed in regular ADHD assessments and is often missed.
Neuropsychological evaluations provide this additional insight so that treatments can be more directed, more focused, more appropriate, and maybe avoided or redirected if necessary.