The stories below are from students with print disabilities and learning challenges, told in their own voices from their unique perspective, and are reflective of where they are in their personal learning journey. Students, educators, and parents will find student reviews of favorite assistive technology tools, tips for using academic support services, and strategies for building successful study skills.

Featured Learning Journeys

 

Video

Meet Alessia

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When I was really little, I always found school really hard. My parents could see that I was struggling.

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Essay

Meet Justin

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I remember the story from the pictures in the book but when it comes to reading words, I never could.

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Essay

Meet Amir

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When I first discovered the option to listen to audio books, I was really excited.

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More Learning Journeys

 

  • Video
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Isabel Arathoon
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    It’s really important to remember that when you’re trying to get from point A to point B and you have an LD, sometimes you need to take in between steps.

    AIM Format: Digital Text
    Disability: Dyslexia
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Essay
    From the Field
    Alan B.
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    [Alan's] favorite thing to do in school is using Jaws on the computer. Jaws is a screen reading program that allows Alan to navigate Windows, which helps him a great deal because he is visually impaired.

    AIM Format: Braille, Audio
    Disability: Visually Impaired
    Age Group: Elementary
  • Essay
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Amir Bar
    headshot of Amir Bar

    When I first discovered the option to listen to audio books, I was really excited.

    AIM Format: Digital Text
    Disability: Dyslexia
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Essay
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Michelle Blowers
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    I am a visual and auditory learner and so being able to see and hear the words helps me comprehend the reading.

    AIM Format: Digital Text, Audio
    Disability: ADHD
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Video
    From the Field
    Lukas Bratcher, Susanna Martini, Vishal Saraiya
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    Assistive technology is the major foundation of my life. Without it I could not exist as I am today. I mean without a computer I couldn't do my homework. -Susanna

    AIM Format: Braille, Audio
    Disability: Blind and Low-Vision
    Age Group: High School, Post-Secondary
  • Audio, Video
    From the Field
    Curtis Holman
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    Positively, [AIM has] helped me because the more you read the more you learn about different scenarios and the more your brain can grow.

    AIM Format: Digital Text, Braille
    Disability: Visually Impaired
    Age Group: High School
  • Essay
    From the Field
    Felix M.
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    The school has ordered [Felix] his own personal laptop computer, which includes a voice-activated program so that it will be easier for him to take notes in class.

    AIM Format: Digital Text
    Disability: Cerebral Palsy
    Age Group: Elementary
  • Video
    From the Field
    Amy MacLaren
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    [Before having textbooks on an iPad], since it was large print and braille, I had to go to this big table back in the classroom and it was just harder and much heavier than the iPad.

    AIM Format: Digital Text, Large Print
    Disability: Visually Impaired
    Age Group: Elementary
  • Essay, Audio
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Justin MacNeil
    headshot of Justin MacNeil

    I remember the story from the pictures in the book but when it comes to reading words, I never could.

    AIM Format: Digital Text
    Disability: Dyslexia, ADHD
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Video
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Alessia Mondlane
    headshot of Alessia Mondlane

    When I was really little, I always found school really hard. My parents could see that I was struggling.

    AIM Format: **Unknown**
    Disability: Dyslexia
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Audio, Video
    From the Field
    Jessica Pinto
    headshot of Jessica Pinto

    It’s much easier now that I don’t have to ask someone like Ms. Heather, my aide, because I can do it independently and on my own.

    AIM Format: Digital Text, Audio
    Disability: Cerebral Palsy
    Age Group: High School
  • Essay
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Whitney Randol
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    Becoming more aware of how I learn helped me choose which strategies would complement my learning profile.

    AIM Format: Digital Text, Audio
    Disability: Dyslexia, ADHD
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Essay
    From the Field
    Emily S.
    headshot of Emily S

    Emily uses text-to-speech software that allows her access to textbooks without the struggle of turning pages.

    AIM Format: Digital Text
    Disability: Cerebral Palsy
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
  • Essay
    AIM Center Collaboration
    Ali Williams
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    The following study strategies have helped me get through high school and my first two years of college successfully. I use a combination of a master notebook, a planner, a specialized highlighting system, and Kurzweil.

    AIM Format: Digital Text
    Disability: Dyslexia
    Age Group: Post-Secondary
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Last Updated: 10/21/2013

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