Nonverbal Learning Disability explained by psychologists Jessica Broitman, Ph.D and Jack Davis, Ph.D, and learning specialist, Kitty Lindow, M.Ed.
Sonetta Duncan is a filmmaker currently working on a documentary in which she posts questions on her blog for people with NLD, and they upload their answers as video messages on YouTube, for possible inclusion in the documentary.
Sonetta Duncan is a documentary film maker with NLD (non-verbal learning disability). She’s currently working on a documentary in which she goes across the world to meet fellow NLDers. Sonetta is looking for funding, as well as messages and videos from anyone with NLD, explaining what having the condition means to them. More details may be found on the documentary’s Facebook, and Sonetta is contactable at sonettaduncan at gmail.com.
As a filmmaker with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NLD), it is almost only natural that I make a documentary about my disability. I was 16 when I discovered I was gifted with NLD and in the few short years of knowing about my disability, I have met some wonderful and amazing individuals who’s stories deserved to be shared, experienced, and felt around the world. In this breath-takingly touching documentary, I go across the world to meet my brother’s and sister’s who share something very special with me: NLD. [from the documentary Facebook].
A simple presentation on NLD, from the YouTube channel of the National Centre for Learning Disabilities. No fancy (distracting) graphics, just the facts.
“Dr. Peter Flom, Ph.D., talks in this podcast about living with a rare learning disability known as NLD, which stands for nonverbal learning disability. He is a learning disabled adult. When he was five, a psychologist told his parents he would never go to college. Undaunted, his mother teamed with Elizabeth Freidus to start The Gateway School of New York. Peter got his B.A. at 20, and now he has two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in psychometrics.” [quoted from the page at mentalhelp.net]
If you’d like to be part of a conversation on NLD, here’s a great discussion thread on the LD Resources website, essentially a series of comments on a post by someone with NLD. Below are some excerpts from the original post, a too-common experience of someone with the disability:
My name is Robert. I’m 51, live in the Canadian province of Quebec, and was diagnosed as having a nonverbal learning disability when I was 42 …
As a child and adolescent I was a loner because I didn’t have the strength, coordination and social skills to make many friends …
I managed academically in high school, college, and graduate school as long as I was able to avoid math and physics …
I hit my first real brick wall when I tried to work after finishing a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. I had no way of knowing that a helping profession is much more difficult for someone with NVLD because of the difficulty we have with affective communication (reading other people’s social cues correctly and communicating the right cues ourselves) …
To scrape by (so far), I have been a member of a translation cooperative (we are paid by the word) for almost two and a half years. I do translation and proof-reading for the coop. The work is only occasional and, for this reason, I can’t earn enough money to live without constant worry.
The Science Fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson on her NLD (she also has ADD):
If you have Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), there’s now a Facebook group for you! This is from the ‘About’ page:
This group is for anyone who has Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), can also be abbreviated as (NVLD). This group is for all people with NLD to connect with others who share the experience of living with this disability. After all, only we can truly appreciate what it’s like. Unfortunately, there is just not enough awareness yet. But, on the bright side, 20 years ago autism was in the same place as NLD is now.*** Please, we are all from different situations, when posting or replying be respectful and kind. Everyone has enough to deal with and should feel safe and free to discuss their NLD or NLD in general. ***