Have I mentioned how much I fucking hate algebra?
In case you didn’t know, October is learning disability awareness month! Also, you probably didn’t know I have one, since the general reaction I tend to get is “you don’t /look/ like you have a learning disability”.
That’s partially why I made this, because people seem to think you’re branded with it on your forhead when in real life it’s not like that at all—In fact, that mentality is probably what hurt my academic career for so long, because people with Dyscalculia often excel in other areas! I remember a lot if teachers/classmates/my own parents telling me to ‘just try harder’, because to them it seemed like I wasn’t applying myself. Dyscalculia is also not a ‘popular’ learning disability that’s talked about, it’s a pretty common occurance for me to have to give an explanation to others who think I’m ‘lazy’, so I figured this is a little educational as well as personal.
Those with Dyscalculia have trouble with*:•Counting, estimating, and measuring. •Learning math facts (like addition, subtraction, multiplication, ect). •Problem-solving skills. •Concepts of time and navigation (scheduling, telling the diffrence between directions). *Among other things, but those are the most common.
●Here are some Dyscalculia resources:
•Learning Disability Association of America- [ldaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia]
•National Center for Learning Disabilities- [ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia/what-is-dyscalculia]
●Think you have Dyscalculia? Test yourself (Don’t self-diagnose, bring your results to your parent/school counselor/therapist and discuss further testing)
I did not know that Dyscalculia was a diagnosis that existed until a few years ago. Once I knew, it felt like I was aiming a flashlight back at my school career, finally able to see some things clearly. Ask me to read a novel and write a term paper overnight? Sure, no problem. Ask me to do a times table? Blind, near-sobbing panic.
Even now, if I have to do basic multiplication, if it’s not something that had a song from Schoolhouse Rock, I … I’m not sure I can do it.
I wish I had known that I was dyscalculic in middle and high school. And my one year of college. And the entirety of my life. Yeah, I just wish I had known dyscalculia was a thing so I could have understood my brain and not have beaten myself up over it so much. I’m happy I know now, though!
Also, in my experience, being labeled “gifted” while at the same time being neuro-atypical and undiagnosed really does a number on your sense of self.
I might look into this. My computer science professor suggested that I have a math-related disability, and maybe he’s right.
Exciting news! The Internet Slowdown net neutrality protest planned for September 10th is really taking off. This morning, a dozen of the world’s largest websites announced that they’re joining in a big way. Sites you know and love like Etsy, Kickstarter, Wordpress, Vimeo,…
We need more signatures.
I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body.
Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me.