Read Me Differently Initiative


When a child or adult is identified as having learning disabilities, there is a widespread understanding that this challenge affects that individual’s immediate family system and their school community.

  • The evaluation for LD serves as a catalyst for assessing all members of a family to see how they, too, may have LD. Social service and mental health providers support the family to understand the different ways that this challenge impacts relationships with siblings, parents, and guardians.
  • School staff members are trained to understand that learning differences affect more than a student’s academic learning process and take steps to build awareness and understanding throughout the school community.
  • Finally, children or adults who are grappling with LD are encouraged to cultivate self-compassion in addition to building self-esteem. Since LD lasts a lifetime, everyone affected in a family understands and accepts how learning differences continue to manifest throughout their lives.