Finding Your LD/ADD Pride Accepting Your LD/ADD
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So you are ready to find your LD/ADD Pride. At this point, you've worked very hard at accepting your LD/ADD and realizing your many gifts. You are beginning to understand how these gifts may be link to your LD/ADD, but want to know more. You have already read the brief explanation of LD/ADD Pride so here is a more in depth one:

What is LD/ADD Pride?

LD/ADD Pride is a concept originating from Deaf Pride. Deaf people are not ashamed of being Deaf (they capitalize the letter "D" of the word "deaf "to show their pride). In fact, many Deaf people have declared that they would not take advantage of a cure for deafness, even if it posed no risk to their health. Their lives have been so thoroughly enriched by their culture, language, and connection with the Deaf community that they actually want to be Deaf!

Although people with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder do not have a distinct language or culture like Deaf people, we do have a wonderful history of greatness (many famous, influential people have been born with LD/ADD), a tendency to be extremely creative, and often possess other gifts that can be directly linked to the LD/ADD brain (please see "LD/ADD Gifts"). Thomas West, writer of "In the Minds Eye" agrees. He asserts that "great proficiencies in some areas can involve surprising and unexpected deficiencies in other areas..." and goes on to say "what is optimized...for one function may involve fundamental elements that make it unsuited for another function..."(19). In other words, our gifts and abilities are not realized in spite of our LD/ADD, but rather because of it!

So LD/ADD Pride is about not being ashamed of your learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder due to the likelihood that many of your strengths are related to your LD/ADD including:

Your Personality Strengths:

  • Sensitivity 
  • Creativity 
  • Down to Earth 
  • Loyalty 
  • Honesty 
  • Personality 
  • Passion 
Your Talents and Abilities:

  • Multi-tasking 
  • Math and/or Science 
  • Sports 
  • Music 
  • Visual arts (e.g. drawing, painting, etc) 
  • Dramatic arts (i.e. acting) 
  • Mechanics 
  • Speaking 

Your way of learning and interacting with the world gives you a unique perceptive that many other people do not possess. With a new understanding of LD/ADD Pride many adults with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder have been compelled to say:

"I'm LD/ADD, and I'm Proud!"

Maybe now you will be too!

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