Lessons from Learning Disabilities

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.”

My dad suggested I write a book.

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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Yonatan Koch
New Rochelle, NY

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