LeDerick's Open Road


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Poet / Disability Advocate

“It’s okay to shout from the rooftops that you’re different. The human race has benefited tremendously from people who think differently.”


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Upholding a Cause and Belief


  • Diagnosed with a learning disability in the third grade.
  • His teachers didn’t really know what to do with him, so they placed him into generalized special education classes.
  • By the end of high school, he had anxiety about his low reading and math scores, and felt like he wasn’t going to fit in at college.
  • He didn’t realize that once he went to college, there would be resources and accommodations that he could take advantage of.
  • Eventually, a counselor sat him down, looked over his files, and explained to him that there was nothing wrong with him; he just thought differently from other people.
  • Now he recognizes that the human race has benefitted from people that think differently, and he embraces his LD.
  • Says that the worst thing you can do is to feel ashamed of who you are; “that’s too heavy a weight to carry.”
  • When he was 17, he never would have said that he was proud to have an LD; now he travels the country telling audiences exactly that.

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