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By Jodie Dawson, Psy.D.
In the former Soviet Union, disabilities in general are not accepted. This led to misperceptions about learning disabilities, like equating them with mental retardation.
From my experience, immigrants often want more and constantly struggle to be greater. Being seen as above average is important.
People always told me I wrote like an immigrant. I miss words, don't focus my ideas, and have poor grammar and spelling. This was one excuse for why I wasn't doing well in my writing.
I found it's the little things that really can make a difference. I've been working with my LD/AD/HD Specialist at the University to learn strategies to help me complete graduate school successfully:
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