The Being You Roadtrip


YOUR DIFFERENCE IS YOUR STRENGTH

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Follow three young people with learning and attention issues as they travel the country to seek advice from TV host Howie Mandel, ice sculptor John Rodrigues, and many more who have transformed their learning and attention issues from a struggle into an asset.

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INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM

Howie Mandel

“No two people are alike and no two people think alike—that’s the beauty of humanity.”

Howie Mandel, Comedian, TV Host, Actor

David Flink

“I don’t have a learning ‘disability’; I am someone who learns differently. My LD story matters, other young people’s stories matter, and telling our stories is how we’re going to change these misconceptions.”

David Flink, Founder and CEO, Eye-to-Eye

John Rodrigues

“Don’t choose to live somebody else’s life—take your unique talents and live your own life”

John Rodrigues, Ice Sculptor, Author

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The Being Understood Roadtrip

People from all walks of life are living with learning and attention issues and thriving.
We’re on a mission to tell their stories.

From big name CEOs to the accomplished people you interact with on a daily basis, many individuals live with learning and attention issues—and they’re harnessing their differences for success. We sent three young people out on a journey to hear their struggles, ask their advice, and discover how they turned a so-called limitation into an asset.

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THE ROADTRIPPERS

  • STEPHANIE

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  • NOAH

STEPHANIE WHITHAM

Age 22
From La Canada, CA

Growing up, Stephanie thought she was the only one who learned differently. It wasn’t until college—an achievement she was told she’d never reach—that she realized she was part of a much larger cohort of people who view the world differently, and have harnessed that unique perspective to make significant contributions to the world. She aims to show young people the many faces of learning differences, and help them see that they can accomplish what they put their minds to—not despite, but because of, their differences.

NICOLE KORBER

Age 23
From Gibsonia, PA

Diagnosed at an early age with learning and attention issues that made reading and writing difficult, Nicole has always had to work harder to do what many consider simple tasks—but she’s never let that deter her from reaching her goals. Although she was told she could never go to college, she recently graduated and has gone on to land a respected job. She’s proud of her accomplishments, but seeks to find deeper purpose with her work, and hopes meeting people with similar challenges who pursued their dreams will build her confidence so she can do the same.

NOAH COATES

Age 18
From Gwynn Oak, MD

18-year-old Noah isn’t sure what’s out there in the world or how he fits into it. He wants to pursue a career in the entertainment or video game industry, but he’s not sure how to begin making his way—especially with his learning and attention issues. He doesn’t want to let ADHD and Dyslexia stand in the way of his dream, and hopes to find mentors who prove it’s possible to pursue a goal no matter what’s thrown at you.

HOME SWEET HOME

THE NEW GIRL

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Los Angeles, CA
July 8

John Rodrigues

Ice Sculptor

Howie Mandel

Comedian / Actor

Srinivas Rao

Founder

Travis Gafford

Journalist

San Francisco, CA
July 13

McKenzie Erickson

Marketing Coordinator

George Kerscher

Advocate / President

Portland, OR
July 16

Pete A Denman

UX Designer

Seattle, WA
July 17

Joe Booth

Video Game Designer

Rob Newsom

Vintner

Missoula, MT
July 21

Mara Arlington

Occupational Therapist

Chicago, IL
July 24

Warren Fried

Founder

Evelyn Polk Green

President

Michele Gianetti

Independent Writer

New York City, NY
July 28

LeDerick Horne

Motivational Speaker

Sxip Shirey

Musician

Peggy Stern

Filmmaker / Producer

Boston, MA
July 31

Dr. Matt Schneps

Astrophysicist

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Los Angeles, CA
July 8

John Rodrigues

Ice Sculptor

Howie Mandel

Comedian / Actor

Srinivas Rao

Founder

Travis Gafford

Journalist


San Francisco, CA
July 13

McKenzie Erickson

Marketing Coordinator

George Kerscher

Advocate / President


Portland, OR
July 16

Pete A Denman

UX Designer


Seattle, WA
July 17

Joe Booth

Video Game Designer

Rob Newsom

Vintner


Missoula, MT
July 21

Mara Arlington

Occupational Therapist


Chicago, IL
July 24

Warren Fried

Founder

Evelyn Polk Green

President

Michele Gianetti

Independent Writer


New York City, NY
July 28

LeDerick Horne

Motivational Speaker

Sxip Shirey

Musician

Peggy Stern

Filmmaker / Producer


Boston, MA
July 31

Dr. Matt Schneps

Astrophysicist

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