Denise’s Journey

Fourth Time’s the Charm? Why should there be repeated assessments for Learning Disabilities? by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on August 11th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

I have often wondered why those of us with LD are repeatedly assessed. In my opinion, there are a number of instances where a new assessment is not necessary. My main reasoning behind this belief is that according to the definition of a learning disability, it is life long, and therefore once found, it is […]

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The Most Outrageous Things I have heard about Learning Disabilities by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on May 18th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Over the years I have come across many individuals who have different ideas about learning disabilities. Some are correct in their knowledge and understanding of LD, while others…. I can’t believe someone would actually say that! It’s like when you watch Jeopardy and they ask “This is the capital of Canada” and the contestant says […]

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose…That is the Question by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on December 20th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

Who would have thought that the most difficult part of the graduate school application process would be to decide whether to disclose my learning disability or not. From my stand point at the start of the semester I thought it would have been getting good grades or having the right people write my letters of […]

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Reactions to the Phrase “I Have A Learning Disability” by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on October 14th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

I always find it interesting when someone first hears that I have LD. There are a number of reactions they can have and I never know what to expect. I think the hardest part of LD sometimes is that it is a hidden disability. In comparison, its not very often that a blind person has […]

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10 Pieces of Advice for University from one Student with LD to another….. by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on August 26th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

It’s that time once again… the changing colours of the leaves, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, coil note books without a single mark inside and for a number of students… a new school. Going to a new school can be quite daunting especially when that school is a university with tens of thousands of […]

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That’s Not Fair! by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on May 5th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Click here to listen to an audio version of That’s Not Fair by Denise Goegan It’s so aggravating to hear people tell me that the accommodations I get make things unfair. I often wonder if they have ever actually considered the meaning of the word fair, or truly understand why I need the accommodations I […]

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What’s in a Name? by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on February 18th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Denise Goegan is a highly successful university student who lives with a learning disability. She is also an advocate and frequent guest speaker at conferences with her mother, speaking about different aspects of advocacy. She has a regular contributor to LDExperience. Many times when my mother and I give presentations about our family’s journey, parents […]

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Don’t tell me I can’t! by Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on January 5th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 3 Comments

I almost enjoy it when people tell me I can’t do something. If anything, it doesn’t make me quit or want to stop trying, it just pushes me to try harder and prove them wrong… Back when I was diagnosed, the educational psychologist told my mother that they should “downgrade” our expectations, I would be […]

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I know how you feel…WRONG! By Denise Goegan

Posted in Articles, Denise's Journey on October 29th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 3 Comments

Listen to an audio version of this article in MP3 format. Goegan, Denise “I Know How You Feel…WRONG!” I think that the most frustrating thing about having a learning disability is when people say to you “I know how you feel.” This statement is like hearing nails on a chalk board: aggravating, unwarranted and in […]

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