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Turn Your Passion Into A Political Statement

-Ed Carter

 

This post is just one of many great resources for people with disabilities that you can find in the Dyslexia Coach of NJ, LLC blog.

 

People with disabilities are one of the most underrepresented populations in the US government. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, more and more people are becoming more accepting and aware of physical, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. As a person with a disability, your unique perspective can help you shed light on the plight of others and further perpetuate a more inclusive environment across the board.

 

Should I run for office?

 

You probably are passionate about a cause. As such, you’ve more than likely also had numerous people tell you that you should run for a local government seat. But, should you? Are you qualified? Only you can answer the first question, and you should know that you don’t have to have all the answers to put yourself up for a vote. What you do need, however, is a strong love for your community and a desire to make a difference.

 

Getting Started

 

As with all new endeavors, it’s best to arm yourself with information. Don’t be shy about asking everyone who may know something about your desired role. If you’re running for a seat on the school board to improve how teachers learn to recognize dyslexia, for example, talk to principals, teachers, parents, and even students. Ask to review meeting minutes or, if possible, look online for video archives as many municipalities record their sessions and make them available for public viewing.

 

The A-Team

 

Plan to assemble a team of individuals to help you get your name out there. You will, at the very least, need a campaign manager, which Campaigns and Election asserts will do things like raise money, as well as someone to handle financial accounting. For marketing, consider outsourcing graphic design, content writing, and video editing to a freelancer using online platforms, such as Upwork. If you have a network of friends, family, and business associates, many of these people may be willing to help you, especially if you are working to right a wrong within your community.

 

Hit the Streets

 

Although we live in a highly digital-centric world, nothing beats getting up close and personal with your constituents. Attend every community event you can, especially those that support your ideologies. Visit schools, speak at Town Hall meetings, and never turn away an opportunity to get your face in front of voters.

 

Be Prepared For The Best and The Worst

 

When you run for office, there are two potential outcomes—either you will win or you will lose. Losing hurts, but recovering from rejection isn’t that difficult if you have a positive mindset and acknowledge your emotions. On a first-run, you’re unlikely to receive the majority of votes. If you are victorious, be ready to get to work. Make sure that you let your employer (if any) know your plans well ahead of the election in case your civic duties interfere with your professional obligations.

 

Having a disability gives you something many candidates don’t have: empathy. You have life experiences that go beyond the everyday. As a person with a disability, you have a unique perspective and, as a person running for office, an excellent opportunity to make a change. So get out there, get your name into the public’s eye, and, most importantly, go vote, whether for yourself or another candidate that you support.

 

Dyslexia Coach of NJ, LLC offers dyslexia testing for adults and students. Contact us today for more information and to get started on your journey to living and learning up to your -- or your child’s -- full potential.

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Our Typical Student . . .

. . .is super smart and creative. Many prefer math and science. But when it comes to reading and spelling, they hit a wall. Especially, by 3rd grade.

They are often labeled with:

  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • AD(H)D
  • Visual Perceptual Disorder
  • Executive Functioning Issues
  • Working Memory is weaker

Those NOT diagnosed or labeled, tend to have a mild to moderate issue with language processing.

And fit this profile:

...often spends hours studying for Friday's spelling test, yet cannot retain those spelling words from one week to the next.

They cannot spell when writing sentences and stories, not even those high frequency words like: because, friend, and does.  They will even misspell the same word, differently within the same paragraph.

When they write, they just can't seem to remember that a sentence has to start with a capital letter and there has to be punctuation.

Even though the child CAN read, they have great difficulty sounding out an unknown word, despite being taught phonics.

They have enormous difficulty memorizing things like their address and phone number as well as their math facts, multiplication tables and have trouble with long division.  They often have a very odd pencil grip and poor penmanship and even find tying their shoes challenging.

That's the type of student we specialize in and they are likely to be dyslexic.
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