Finding Your LD/ADD Pride Accepting Your LD/ADD
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Right now, it may be hard for you to believe or accept the concept of LD/ADD Pride, especially if you have only just been diagnosed. Acceptance is a gradual process which requires you to feel that having a learning disability (LD) and/or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is part of your life and you can live with it.

To have a sense of LD/ADD Pride requires a little more. You must not only accept your learning disability, but also, believe that:
many of the strengths and abilities you possess are directly associated with your learning disability and/or Attention Deficit Disorder (they are connected)
you are smart and have lots of things to offer the world
your can succeed

Once you believe these things, you will want to share your philosophy by putting your LD Pride into action through:

working toward building your LD/ADD community
advocating for changes and accommodations for yourself and/or others

Do not try and force yourself to have a sense of LD/ADD Pride right away. The pride will come when you are ready. Finding it may take a little while. Firstly, you will need to go through a sort of grieving process in order to accept your LD/ADD. Secondly you will need to identify the strengths that are related to your LD/ADD. Only once you have gone through both these processes can you truly begin to realize your LD/ADD Pride.

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