Have you ever wondered how a powerful support system can change the life of someone with a disability? Join Host Annette Hines in this passionate conversation with Susan Kahn, the brains behind Sue’s Strategies, as we take a deep-dive into the significance of community for those navigating life with disabilities. They explore the trials and tribulations of Annette’s personal journey within this community, and share her mission to empower, engage and educate others.
Navigating life with disabilities can be a daunting journey. It necessitates not just a solid support system but also a compassionate community that recognizes the potential in each individual, regardless of their disability. This community can provide an environment that fosters empowerment, engagement, and education. This environment allows learners to overcome their challenges, reach their full potential, and contribute meaningfully to society.
Their discussion also highlighted the trials and tribulations of personal journeys within the disability community. These narratives shed light on the fragmented nature of current systems and the urgent need for a comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach to support and education. The power of community in effecting positive change and fostering resilience cannot be understated. It underlines the necessity for a collective effort to uplift and empower those living with disabilities.
Susan Kahn, a revolutionary reading specialist, shares her captivating journey to transform how we approach reading in schools. Drawing from her experience with her third son who was born with learning disabilities, she shines a light on the power of phonics. Making a second career out of her passion, she entered private practice and has written 18 texts for sale on amazon; 53 free, animated videos; and 755 free blog articles to share her knowledge. They delve into her unique system of teaching children to learn flashcards and syllabicate words in just “five minutes a day,” her “two rules of syllabication,” and the importance of bringing this instruction to higher education.
In a society where reading is often the gateway to success, Susan discusses the profound impact reading difficulties can have on self-esteem and life outcomes. She talks about her innovative five-step process that utilizes phonemic awareness and memory strategies to help children learn to read, including those with learning disabilities. They discuss the urgent need for change in our education system and the potential implications of passing two bills now in the Massachusetts state legislature: S263 and H 579, “An Act to promote high quality comprehensive literacy instruction in all Massachusetts schools” that would require schools to use the science of reading.
This conversation underscored the transformative power of innovative reading techniques and community support for people with disabilities. It’s a call to action for all of us to be advocates for change, to promote inclusive education, and to ensure that everyone, regardless of their abilities, has the opportunity to learn and thrive.
As we look to the future, let us continue to empower, engage, and educate, for it is through these actions that we can truly transform lives and create a more inclusive and compassionate society. Listen to previous Parenting Impossible Podcast episodes that explore reading and learning differences including:
The Future of Diagnosis of Dyslexia and Other Learning Differences
“Brilliantly Dyslexic” with Elizabeth Trudeau
Helping Neurodivergent Children Accomplish What Seems Impossible with Suzy Im
How Examining My Son’s Reading Failures Brought to Light My Own Dyslexia
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