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Universal Special Needs Society Watch

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    Hello and welcome to a brand new TSR society thread- The Universal Special Needs Society!:party2:

    The aim of this thread is to give people a place to discuss and share support about special needs, learning difficulties or similar conditions. I'm not so good with terms for everything so I'll stick with "special needs" at the moment, but this is for anything in that general area, so if you're not sure that means you just assume it does.

    I'm hoping it will give people who have special needs etc a place to talk about things with other people who can sympathise. Obviously everybody's situation will be different, especially when you're looking at various conditions, but I think there is enough similarity for people to at least understand a little what other people may be experiencing- besides a thread for every condition would probably break the internet. I'm also hoping it can serve as a bit of a first point for info for people who think they may have special needs or want to understand them better.

    I want to do one of those nice opening posts with helpful advice and links so people have an easy go to for info, but i'm not sure i'm best equipped to explain conditions I don't have so... It would be great if people could post their own advice, helpful links etc so I can look through them. That way I can do a better intro and there's loads of helpful info in comments too.
    To start with though i'll leave this link to mencap's page "learning disabilities explained" which I think has some decent content and a pretty extensive faq list from bild including information on receiving a diagnosis as an adult... www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained ...www.bild.org.uk/information/faqs/

    Anyway, welcome to the thread. Please feel free to comment anything you think could be helpful to others, your own experience or any questions. I'll try to fancy the place up later and make it all cool like the other society threads on here.

    Oh and... you are welcome to post anon, anybody is welcome to post here- whatever their condition (or lack of)- as long as they believe it is relevant, please try to be respectful of others and make this a positive experience for everybody. People on a thread like this especially may have differing views on things or ways of thinking so please try to bare that in mind and be understanding.
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    Watched this thread, it should be good!
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    How is this different to the disabled students society?
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    How is this different to the disabled students society?
    Honestly i'm not sure because I haven't looked at the disabled students society (didn't know it existed), but I believe this would be more focused on special needs, along with the diagnostic process, while the DSS would include a lot of other conditions. My aim is basically a thread similar to the aspergers (I really hope I didn't butcher that spelling) society, but including other conditions such as dyslexia and ADHD.
    Also, since I haven't noticed the DSS in health before I would assume it is in another section that may not allow anon posting. One of my big aims is to help people who think they may have, but are not diagnosed with, a special need. I think those people would tend to go to health for guidance and could want to post anon so they don't have to connect themselves openly to a condition they may not have.

    I hope that clears things up.
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    I figure I should probably say a little about myself around this point.
    I was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD just before uni and up until then it never really crossed my mind at all. I wasn't the most social kid and went through a lot of my life without friends, but didn't have any really noticeable issues socialising so I was just assumed to be shy. I was generally considered pretty smart and a model student. Never actually tried too hard most of the time, especially at home- things just came kinda naturally to me if I bothered to pay attention.
    I was quite the daydreamer as a kid and as I got older I still drifted off on tangents. I could easily loose time just staring into space- sometimes I swear I wasn't even thinking of anything.

    Anyway then college came and I actually had to work for things. Reading was the big issue. I could learn well y listening, but when it came to the reading I always dropped the ball. That's when things started to fall together a bit and I entertained the possibility of something like dyslexia. After reading up a bit on things I started to see the links- I learned in a strange way compared to others, liked to work in colour (and it seemed to help me too), got irritated by noses easily blah blah blah. The biggest indicator was actually having a kinda lesson-ie thing on special needs and realising I could relate a bit too much. I guess I ticked all the boxes as it were.

    Saw an educational psych and got diagnosed, had a bit of advice given and some support at uni. Ended up dropping out of uni (various factors there) and that pretty much brings us up to date.

    I generally consider myself to have pretty minor special needs, but there are certainly aspects of my life I can tell that it affects. In some ways I can even see that it benefits me- I think I have a more open mind and will naturally look at multiple angles on things. I find it rather difficult working out where some things come from though because I also have mental and physical health issues. I'm not sure if maybe some of the things I assume are related to one thing may actually be down to another.

    Well anyway that's an intro to me
 
 
 
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