What is it like to have a learning disability? Here’s a Learning Disability Simulation to see if you pass. The results may surprise you.
Look at the picture below. Who do you see? Now walk back from your computer about 15 feet or so.
Now who do you see? This hybrid image was created in 2007 by Dr. Aude Oliva of MIT.
If you saw Albert Einstein up close and Marilyn Monroe when you stepped back 15 feet, congratulations! You now know what it’s like to have a learning disability.
This visual cognition experiment acts as a learning disability simulation and illustrates what many kids with learning disabilities endure in school.
The teacher at the front of the classroom either writes something on the board, shows a slide on a monitor or simply lectures to the class. Pretty standard stuff that happens every day in schools across the country. And for most students, what is shown or said at the front of the class is exactly what they see or hear.
But for children with learning disabilities, the information that makes it across the room to their eyes and ears becomes scrambled in various ways depending on their disability, and is perceived as something completely different than the intended message. The teacher is lecturing about Albert Einstein but the learning disabled child sees Marilyn Monroe.
These children are not dumb. They just have problems receiving all of the information as it is presented. Or sometimes they receive too much information. As I said, it all depends on the disability.
In my opinion, the absolute master of teaching people what it’s like to have learning disabilities is Richard Lavoie. His video, “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities” is the best video on the subject ever produced.
If you haven’t seen the video, and are a parent or teacher of children with learning disabilities, buy it! It’s worth every penny and you will show it to everybody you know that has a child that struggles in school.
Buy The F.A.T. City Workshop here.
More information about the Marylin Einstein hybrid image on this page can be found here.