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How would you cope with your dysgraphia on a college campus?

One of the dysgraphia-related pieces I read recently was a personal article in the Tulane Hullabaloo that described so many elements of dysgraphia extremely well.

"Dysgraphia refers to its ability to take the information in your brain, organize and structure it into written and visual composition. This can manifest as anything from sloppy handwriting to fragmented sentences or phrases placed out of order on the page. This is why, despite having one of the highest reading proficiencies for my grade, I struggled to communicate my thoughts accurately on any written assessment when I was younger."

The article goes on to explain to the importance of accommodations and how to describe the need for them to other people using simple sports comparisons. And how familiar does this sound?

"Everyone who has learned to cope...quickly becomes a master of the creative work-around."

I have seen "good problem solving skills" in children well before a dysgraphia diagnosis was even considered. The life skills that dysgraphic teens and adults have developed to succeed in school, work , and life are fundamental to who they are. It's my hope that everyone can remember their strengths and how far their creativity and learned ability to adapt, handle, and improve difficult situations will take them in life.

These same skills took the author all the way to college at Tulane. You can read the full piece here:

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