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What does a ‘learning disabled’ kid look like? You. Me. Them.

The real faces of LD/ADHD at Brown University; photo from Eye to Eye Facebook page

The real faces of LD/ADHD at Brown University; photo from Eye to Eye Facebook page

What do Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, and Will Smith all have in common? They all have learning disabilities.

School can be tough for kids who are “different thinkers”—living with dyslexia, ADHD or other learning challenges. Being mentored by high school or college youth who know those different abilities firsthand is an enormous boost. Eye to Eye started in 1998 when five Brown University students with LD/ADHD worked with half a dozen elementary students who had similar diagnoses.

What started as a community service art project with a defined timeline grew organically when project alumni pushed to continue it. One of them had gone to work for the admission office at Brown. He ended up leaving that position to launch Project Eye to Eye as a national movement in the U.S.

Eye to Eye is still dedicated to mentoring but has also expanded into advocacy with its events, camps and Think Different Diplomats.

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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