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Brian's Story

Hi, my name is Brian and I have a learning disability. Growing up in school I always thought I was stupid and never thought I would go to college. I barely passed high school and went to work.

I heard about learning disabilities on television and thought that I should be tested. At the age of 25, I was assessed for learning disabilities at the Special Resource Center and found out I had a learning disability. I knew then I wasn't stupid and I decided I would go to college. I came to the SRC often for counseling and to develop my plan. I took all the educational development courses offered by the SRC. The educational development courses helped me to improve in all subjects and to become a good student. The support service I used the most was testing accommodation. I received extra time on my tests in a quiet place free of distraction. I also learned to use a computer to help me study and Computer Information Systems became my major. I couldn't have done it without the support and encouragement from the staff and teachers at the SRC.

After six years I graduated with an A.S. degree in Computer Information Systems. I am working in my profession as a Technology Program Coordinator providing technical support for users. It took me six years to graduate but I did it. I now have no doubt that I can do whatever I want to!

Contributed by Brian Krause, Torrance, California.


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Citation: Gaylord, V., Johnson, D.R., Lehr, C.A., Bremer, C.D. & Hasazi, S. (Eds.). (2004). Impact: Feature Issue on Achieving Secondary Education and Transition Results for Students with Disabilities, 16(3). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available from


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