Secrets for Success

The following graduates have shared their stories in an attempt to encourage others to become partners in equity, so that more youth with LDs can fulfill their potential and contribute their talents to Canada's future. Many were told that they didn't have the academic or career potential to obtain a technical, professional or managerial career. Yet, all were able to overcome negative predictions to achieve academic and career success.

Image of Lisa AllenLisa Allen,
Assistive Technologist
Image of 'Lynda Alton'Lynda Alton (pseudonym),
Organizational Development Training Specialist
Image of Lenny CohenLenny Cohen,
Artist and Owner, Step Ahead Graphics
Image of Yahya GaireyYahya (Juan) Gairey,
Special Education Teacher
Image of Corey GoldCorey Gold,
High-School Science Teacher
Image of Karen GoldfarbKaren Goldfarb (pseudonym),
Ph.D. Candidate, and former Assistant Dean of Center on Disabilities Student Life and Director of Disability Support Services at an Ivy League University
Image of Yvonne LayneYvonne Layne,
Social Worker
Image of Glenn LoloheaGlenn Lolohea (pseudonym),
Graduate Student, London School of Economics
Image of Warren MilandoWarren Milando
Television Commercial Producer
Image of 'Rayhan Patel'Rayhan Patel (pseudonym),
Chartered Accountant
Image of Arthur PidgeonArthur Pidgeon,
Management Consultant
Image of Carren TattongeyerCarren Tattongeyer,
Coordinator of Educational Projects
University students with learning disabilities (LDs) demonstrate many valuable qualities which are in great demand by today's employers: high motivation, enthusiasm, willingness to work hard, goal focus, success orientation, creative problem solving skills, perseverance, ability to overcome obstacles, and innovative perspectives. Recent job surveys also revealed that university students with LDs received higher job performance scores than students without disabilities on all job performance measures analyzed.

This project was made possible through contributions from:


Profiles written by Jayne Greene-Black with assistance from Ashley Cox and Abtin Aminzabeh Dezfuli. Photography by Dr. Bryan Phillips.
Archives: 2006

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