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10 Memes That Sum Up Life With a Learning Disability

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Learning disabilities (LDs) are neurological impairments that affect one’s ability to learn, socialize and navigate other areas of life. Learning disabilities can be complex and hard to explain, but most people with learning disabilities experience frustration with not only learning but with other “simple” things as well. Needless to say, many people with learning disabilities have a love/hate relationship with their condition.

That really grinds my gears

I have compiled the following list of memes and GIFs to illustrate life with a learning disability. I compiled these to not only help myself and others explain their LD to others, but to spread awareness through the universal language of memes.

1. When you don’t get sarcasm but pretend laugh to cover it up

Lisa Simpson holding a sign that says *giggles*

2. When someone explains something to you a million times and you still don’t get it

Imformation going in and out of the brain.

3. When you’re so lost, you don’t know what the objective is

Homer Simpson reading a book and looking exhausted.

 4. The almost daily bullying from peers and teachers

"People call me a freak and are just really mean."

5. When the mainstream is too into “norms” to accommodate you

It's like you're in some kind of dreamworld.

6. When accommodations (unfortunately) get denied  

Jackie Chan looking exasperated with his hands at his head.

7. The days when your LD is just kicking your butt

"Most people have a-ha moments. I have 'what is this' moments."

8. The ignorance of teachers

Me when teachers say 'Just try harder.'"

9. When you achieve the little (and the big) things

Jonas Brothers dancing.

10. When you advocate for yourself and for acceptance of LDs 

Disability is not a problem to be solved, but part of our identity and diversity.

Originally published: June 26, 2019
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