Lessons from Learning Disabilities

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Raised by 50 people in 54 months
I am a full-time teacher with graduate degrees, and you would probably never guess that when I was five years old, my Learning Disabilities or Learning Differences (LD) left me unable to read, write, talk or walk properly. No one knew if I would ever be able to properly do these tasks.

 It took many years of therapy for me to be able to do the things that my typical developing peers did without any difficulty. I was in special classes from that time through the end of graduate school. (In those early days, no one even thought that I would go to college or be able to hold a job in the real world.)

When I was a sophomore in college I got really annoyed by the fact that I couldn't find one book by an individual that had LD that said, “hey, I've been there and I know what you're going through.”

I decided it was my job to write a book that would let other individuals know that they are not alone.

To my surprise, when I launched this idea on a website ( www.Ldwriter.com) Teachers emailed me expressing the hope that my book would help them to know how their students really felt, what helped, what didn't help, and how they could better assist their students.  They also wanted to understand what resources they could get for their students’ families.

I was pleased to learn that parents were looking for the same thing, and I started a manuscript.  While my idea was aimed at the students with LD, it seemed that the book could help parents and teachers as well.

With the complexities of college and graduate school, the multiple demands of life, and starting a family, the manuscript got put on the back burner.  Quite apart from completing it, I was simply not in a place to address the costs of professional layout, let alone those for vanity label publishing, my only option at the time given my lack of public following.

My father was always a huge supporter of this project, and said that I could do anything if I put my mind to it.. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer in early February 2015, and died four days later.  In his memory I am determined to finish this manuscript and publish this book.

I need your help to make this happen.  I am determined to make this book a reality. If you make a donation to help me accomplish this goal I will list your name in the credits of the book under supporters. 

Please help me help others who have LD know that they are not alone, and give them, their parents and their teachers strategies for success.  Thank you.
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It is with mixed emotions that I ask for your permission. We are currently fighting with Insurance to keep Jason in a residential program so he can be safe and we can be safe. Insurance is convinced that he is making progress, which he's not right now, and doesn't want to cover him at this point. Would it be okay with my many friends who donated to me to put that money towards paying the $575.00 a day that it is costing us to keep Jason in the residential program? Right now, as a parent I feel the need to spend any source of money I have on Jason, but I won't spend this allotted money on Jason without your permission.
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I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my supporters as I work on the book, As I continue to write I know I have all of you who believe in me and that means the world to me.
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Today in honor of my birthday, I have two requests.

In honor of my birthday I am running the $38 campaign. I would love for at least 38 people to donate up to $38 today. Can you join us on our journey. Perhaps we can raise $1444.00.

If you can't donate financially can you donate a question about my experiences with how Learning Disabilities (differences) affects something in my life to help me get back into writing mode. No question is off limits.

I am eager to continue this journey. Thanks for joining me!!

Thank you
Yonatan
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This is a thank you letter I received from a family I worked with. From this letter, I think they felt similar to how I felt when my teachers made a difference in my life. I want to do this for more students. Can you help me? Can we raise $1262 by Tuesday night?
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Raised by 50 people in 54 months
Created February 25, 2015
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AS
$18
Andrew Stettner
11 months ago
NK
$50
Nedianne Koch
11 months ago
$18
Judi Cloutier
26 months ago

Wish it could be more, Yonatan. Sharing to help spread the word. <3

SB
$20
Stacy Beyer
32 months ago
$72
Elisa Koppel
39 months ago
JS
$100
Joshua Sigel
39 months ago
LD
$30
Lou DiMonaco
48 months ago

Yonaton has done so much to help my son with his learning delay - I cannot wait to read this book and find out the logic behind the magic! Thank you!

SE
$72
Shira & Jason Epstein
51 months ago

Happy Double Chai! We're doubling that for your special day. Love S,J,A&K

JS
$118
joshua sigel
51 months ago

Yoshi! I grew up with learning disabilities. I'm grateful for this fact and doing so shaped me into the person I am today. My 2nd grade teacher told my parents I would not amount to much - even in highschool my guidance counselor suggested a 2 year college ( I went on to Emory where I made deans list and was the President of the Business School). LD is still to this day very misunderstood and I appreciate your efforts in brining awareness to this important topic! Best of luck and happy birthday! Glad to see you doing so well.

$36
Julie Plaut Warwick
51 months ago

Happy Birthday yonatan!!!

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