Seventeen years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted, I heard the words "learning disabilities" for the first time.
My daughter Allegra was diagnosed with severe LD, which affected every aspect of learning and created enormous challenges with friendship and social skills. Her disability became a looming presence in our family, always there, always influencing our lives in both small and large ways.
My life became consumed by it, with time devoted to doctors, testing services, tutors, pediatricians and neurologists, and, equally important, with time taken from my son without a disability. Everything changed, everything turned upside down and even though everything now seemed to revolve around my daughter's disability, I felt completely alone.
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