Warren's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Highwood, IL

WARREN FRIED

Founder
Dyspraxia Foundation USA

“With our conditions come great gifts, like drive and care and empathy and dedication. We know how hard everything is, but we also know how to look at the positives.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Support & Encouragement Struggle Confidence Choices Opportunity Family Acceptance Community

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

alcoholism, anxiety, awareness, challenges, community, confusion, depression, dyspraxia, fear, frustration, gift, help, information, knowledge, learning disability, mentor, nonprofit, school, support, talent

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says dyspraxia is “like a modem where all of the lights are blinking green except for ‘connectivity’”; his intelligence isn’t impacted, but his response time is slowed.
  • As a child, he had good and bad days with his dyspraxia; since his teachers saw him doing fine one day and poorly another, they assumed he was being defiant or lazy.
  • Not knowing where to place him or how to work with him, his teachers separated him from the other students; this only exacerbated his social anxiety.
  • While he was working at a summer camp at age 18, he met kids from Australia and the U.K. who completely understood his struggles.
  • He realized that although dyspraxia wasn’t well-known in the U.S., other countries had well-established support groups and foundations for dyspraxia.
  • In order to better understand his condition, he decided to travel to the U.K. and visit some of the top experts in the field.
  • When he moved back to the U.S., he knew he had to bring his insights home with him; he didn’t want more American kids to go through what he went through.
  • Says it’s been a long, uphill battle to promote awareness of the disorder, but it’s worth it knowing that he’s positively impacted the lives of kids like him.

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