Social Impact of a Diagnosis: A 2e Learner’s Perspective

The need to fit in and belong could arguably be one of humanity's most desired traits, especially for children. When you are a child with learning differences, it can be exceedingly difficult to find that sense of belonging, especially when just wearing glasses or being bad at soccer can be enough to ensure social isolation from all the other kids.

Before I was diagnosed as being gifted in some artistic and academic areas with challenges in the areas of processing speed, working and sequential memory, and number comprehension and retention (along with generalized math disabilities), I struggled socially, experienced bullying, and didn't fit in with other students my age despite having a very strong social drive. Having difficulty in my c...


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About Elinor Shapiro

Elinor Shapiro is a multimedia artist and native of Los Angeles. She studied fine art at California State University Northridge, where she developed her individual voice using charcoal, pastels, ink, acrylic, and oils. She then relocated to France, where she is associate director at the artist residency Chateau Orquevaux. In the midst of the pandemic she temporarily moved to New York City, where she is self-isolating and pursuing new forms of expression, combining words, figures, and emotions to represent the many facets of her artistic voice.