This is something I see regularly in my work with young people and very evident with those young people who are impacted by the extra challenges of: ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Dyslexia to mention just a few. The challenges that this cohort face not only in their education but also in their overall wellbeing should not be underestimated.
However, what has become very clear for me working with these young people is they don’t want sympathy or discern extra attention they just want to be able to avail of the same level of education and life path as their peers. “I don’t think I’ve got a disability. I like being me”; (Goodenough2009). Consequently they are in general, willing to put in whatever it takes to allow them to achieve their unique goals.