N. Simonitto, LaSalle

I was originally diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disability (NLD) when I was in grade 2, but I have since been re-diagnosed with a reading and writing based learning disability. Although reading and writing have been my greatest challenges, I have also found other subjects, such as math, difficult.

After attending a variety of different programs at LDAWE, I soon learned that it wasn’t a matter of fixing my learning disability, rather learning how to cope with it.

LDAWE provided me with computer training and assistance with integrating my assistive technology into the classroom. They even helped advocate on my behalf for my assistive technology with the school board, which allowed me to integrate back into main stream education and become more self-sufficient.

In grade school, it was my dream to be in all academic level classes. Without LDAWE and their support, I probably would not have had the confidence to succeed at academic level courses. With all of their support, the support of my family, and the support I received from my assistive technology, I was able to become independent and self-sufficient.

I am 18 years old and have just graduated from Sandwich Secondary School, where I was on the Honour Roll for all four years. I will be attending St. Clair College’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) program in Chatham in September. I enjoy wrestling, rowing, and long distance running. I also work part-time at a local pizzeria.
I would recommend LDAWE as a tool for those who want to become as independent and self-reliant as possible. I would even go as far as to recommend the local school board to further partner with LDAWE to support the enrichment of all of its students.