It is with a sad heart that I mention this terrible news. Sue
Thompson, who has given so much to the NLD community, recently passed away.
I will remember Sue Thompson for her wonderful book, "The Source for
Nonverbal Learning Disorders", which was the first book that I
read where I could truly understand my learning disability, for the kind
e-mail she sent me asking me to attend my first NLDA, formerly Share
Support, West Coast Symposium 6 years ago, for
providing me with encouragement and support, for the wonderful work she did in educating people about NLD in her presentations, and for the wonderful comments and support she provided when I showed her Debbie Green's book "Growing Up With NLD". Sue will always
be remembered by me. She will always be a special person to me, and I wish that I could have thanked her personally for bringing me into the NLD community.
I do not know if she realized the impact that she had on
my life. Without Sue Thompson, I might not have been a part of this NLD
community, which I view as my second family. I was diagnosed with
NLD in 1997, and had no idea what this diagnosis even meant despite
completing the academic curriculum for a speech pathology master's degree. I typed "nonverbal learning disability" into the yahoo search engine, and came across Tara Kirk's website. Tara is a beautiful NLD adult. I then went to the guest book to thank Tara
for her website, and I saw Sue Thompson's e-mail address. I had just finished reading Sue's book at the time. I wrote Sue to ask her questions about NLD, and she wrote back to me inviting me to come to a one day conference at the Children's Hospital in Oakland
California and be on the NLD adult panel. I decided to fly to the conference from New Jersey, and I met so many wonderful people there, including Judy Lewis and others, who changed my life for the better, and without this terrific community my life would not be the same. This conference 6 years ago was a life changing event for me.
I just want to thank Sue Thompson and pay tribute to
her for being such a special person in our community, and I just know that
she is in heaven for all the wonderful work she did here on earth.
Best wishes to all my friends who are out there in the NLD community, and
thank you too for being a part of my life as well.
Written to the NLD In Common listserv group and published on NLDline with permission from Al Vadon (firstname.lastname@example.org)