A Message of
Hope to Other NLD Adults
By Al Vadon
I agree with my fellow NLD adults that others do not understand how
we struggle in life, despite our intellectual abilities.
I have struggled in terms of finding a career, and I know that many other
NLD adults have had difficulty in this area as well.
I was a stockbroker, mortgage originator, and attempted to become a
I am currently working in my father's medical office, and learning my
mother's rental business.
Despite these struggles, something inside of me refuses to give up in
looking for a career and using my strengths and abilities, and that is why I am
attempting a career in adult literacy.
Also, I love doing a job where I can help others.
I am determined to do something where I can make a difference in other
Today, I went to find out what I will be doing for my adult literacy
just have to complete the practicum this semester to receive my master's degree
in adult literacy.
When I went to see the woman at the Learning and Study Skills Center, she
was overjoyed to see me, and wanted to know when I could start.
She even offered me a tutoring job for the spring term, after I graduate,
if am interested.
It only pays $8.50 an hour, but would give me additional experience in
teaching adults while trying to find a job in the adult literacy area.
It seems like the college is in need of tutors, and so she made the offer
before I even begin the practicum.
I felt like this woman provided me with a great deal of hope in terms of
the potential of working in this area, and possibly finding a career.
My message to other NLD individuals is to never give up hope, despite the struggles. I believe that NLD individuals are some of the most intelligent, determined, persistent, hard working, and caring individuals I have ever met in my life, and can be successful in following their dreams.