Warren Fried

Warren Fried

Founder


Dyspraxia Foundation USA

Highwood, IL 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.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
University of Chichester, England
Career

Career

Founder

I educate, inform, inspire and provide in-depth insight for those living with DCD and Dyspraxia.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

As the director of a nonprofit, I spend my time raising awareness of dyspraxia so that other children and their families don’t have to endure the things I did. I occasionally give lectures and write articles for other organizations such as Understood and DOE Special Education Programmes and Services. I personally provide Webinars and advocate in schools and places of work for support placement in the workforce and within schools for IEP and 504 supports.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Get informed. Learn as much as you can about whatever learning disorder you or someone you know has so you can be fully informed. Connect with experts, network with others, and create a community.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Early intervention is so vital. If you suspect you or someone you know has a learning disability, figure out what therapies work best and then use the unique gifts that it gives you to push forward. That determination and your ability to look at things differently are your strengths.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Why aren't you trying? "

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Drugs / Addiction