Episode 8: Boosting Self-Esteem in LD Kids

Growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada, Brent Sopel suffered humiliation and lived through some of the worst moments of his life in the classroom when called to do something he just couldn’t do — read. But he didn’t know why. His self-esteem plummeted. The only place he felt comfortable — and accomplished — was on the ice. Sopel went on to star as a National Hockey League defenseman with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Montreal Canadians, and the Chicago Blackhawks. It was only after he hung up his skates that his life off the ice began to make sense — after he discovered he was dyslexic.

Episode 6: Pushing Students Who Learn Differently — but not over the edge

Season 1 | Episode 6: “Pushing Students Who Learn Differently — but not over the edge” January 2021 Synopsis: The Flying Wallendas earned fame and a reputation as circus daredevils for performing stupendous acts of balance on a high-wire. Yet, even the uncanny skill with which they performed their incredible seven-person chair pyramid stunt palesRead More…

Episode 5: Helping Autistic Students Succeed on Campus

Season 1 | Episode 5: “Helping Autistic Students Succeed on Campus” December 2020 Synopsis: How can parents help their autistic child succeed academically? What are some tools, strategies, and resources that parents can lean on to provide their child with autism added support? We’ll explore these questions and provide some practical strategies with our panelRead More…

Episode 4: STEM and Students With Learning Disabilities

Students with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM majors. This episode of “A World of Difference” looks at why LD students are invisible in STEM and offers parents actionable strategies to help nurture students with learning and attention issues who will “blind them with science” and continue in STEM fields in college and earn STEM degrees. You’ll meet Beacon College anthrozoologist Dr. Brian Ogle and educational leadership expert Dr. Mary-Anne Primack that explores the challenges LD students face in STEM and ways to boost scientific literacy among neurodivergent learners. And much more.

Episode 3 – Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity

Carolyn K Jeppson

Season 1 | Episode 3: “Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity” October 2020 Featuring: Carolyn Jeppsen, Co-Founder/CEO/President, BroadFutures Synopsis: Saluting National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this episode focuses on “Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity,” with a Q&A with Carolyn Jeppsen of BroadFutures, Inc., a national group that helps job candidates with learning disabilities reach their highestRead More…

Episode 2 – The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30: Reflections and Reckoning

Three decades after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush, the numbers of neurodiverse individuals who are continuing on to college and finding footing in the global workplace have outstripped pre-ADA numbers. Change is indisputable, but are there areas where the neurodiverse are still struggling to get a foothold? This month’s “Difference Maker,” retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, looks back at the path that led to the ADA and looks ahead at the road still untraveled.