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Monday, July 31 • 10:30am - 10:48am
J's story, A Journey Through Addiction and Back

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A young teen walks a dark path through addiction and recovery. From a very young age this child struggled with learning disabilities and anxiety, for which he was medicated most of his life. Trying to succeed within the structure of the traditional classroom was not possible for him. As a result, this combined with other factors of his personality, lead him down the dark path of drug use. This journey spiraled for a number of years, culminating in a last ditch effort by his family to save him by forcibly committing him to in-patient rehab. This treatment took more than a year in order for him to be well enough to be released. After this, there was discussion about how to best address his learning issues and the decision was made for him to work one-on -one with professionals who would have the freedom to be creative and help him gain aware of his learning style and generate strategies that work best for him. UDL-based approaches are very effective here as we use many modes of representing the content and summative and formative assessments are done in creative ways.
The journey continues... Inevitably, seeking this help privately, comes at a large financial cost which most families could not manage. The fact that these approaches are highly effective for students at-risk, means that this type of approach should be available to all, regardless of financial status. The consequences are dire for those not able to access such support...dropping out of high school, falling deeper into addiction and criminal behavior ultimately with possible incarceration and even death.
The fact that there is a way to turn this around in a positive direction, makes it imperative that we address the needs of all students and their diverse learning styles and learning disabilities, which should be readily available to all those in need.


Monday July 31, 2017 10:30am - 10:48am
Alumni Lounge

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