Learning disabled and dating
And where teasing and bullying can lead to sad consequences. We hear almost daily of another story where someone who is considered "different" is laughed at, teased, pushed around -- or worse.The truth is that I'm not really prepared to be fully independent.For one, my financial skills, on a scale from 1 to 10, are at about a 1.Recently I decided to branch out on my own, and today I'm launching a more social version of the site, with lots of new features: I want to help make people feel comfortable that it's okay to be learning-disabled. There are grown-ups who are diagnosed with LD as adults.People are still finding out that they have learning disabilities, even into middle age.At the end of the trip, we all had to write letters to each other, saying what we learned from each other.
So many folks with LD are too afraid to tell their story. It's not the world's most exciting roller-coaster ride or anything, but it's what happened to me.
Maybe if I open up about my problems, no matter how embarrassing they might be, other people with learning disabilities might feel free to open up about theirs. Whenever I've been willing to tell my story, people usually respond. On a sailing trip once with a group called Action Quest, I told the other kids that I was dyslexic. But Friends Of Quinn is a place where we can embrace our differences, laugh at our mistakes and celebrate our triumphs.
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to balance a checkbook.
My sense of direction is pretty screwed up, too -- I get lost really easily, just kind of turned around. But you do the best you can with the hand you're dealt. It's really hard sometimes, and I've wanted to throw in the towel.
But it helps to know that there are people who believe in me.And that's part of the reason I started Friends Of Quinn.com, the only social website out there for people with LD -- so that everyone who feels just a little bit different or left out can meet others who understand, and know that it's okay. "Friends of Quinn" was born and lived on Health Central, a health-related site, for several years.