Texas Student Proves You Can Be Gifted and Disabled at the Same Time; Earns Major National Achievement Award
HOUSTON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kathryn (Kate) Elizabeth Adams of Houston, a Dartmouth pre-med student, has dispelled what she says is an all-too familiar conclusion: that you can't be gifted and disabled at the same time. Adams, who is dyslexic, is one of three top winners of a prestigious $6,000 Marion Huber Learning Through Listening award from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the largest national nonprofit organization providing taped textbooks to students of all ages who cannot effectively read standard print because of a disability including visual impairment, dyslexia or another physical disability. See www.rfbd.org/NAA.htm . Only in her freshman year of high school, when she saw a TV show about dyslexia, was Adams finally able to put a name to her problem with "painfully slow reading and terrible spelling." Even after being formally diagnosed with dyslexia, she says she still met with skepticism and resistance. Recalling the difficulties she has encountered, she says, "The bureaucratic system's conclusion, I realize now, is an all-too-familiar one: that you can't be gifted and disabled at the same time." Adams graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston with a 4.4 GPA (due to advance placement courses). In addition to excelling in academics, this National Honor Society and gifted and talented program member was the treasurer of the school's singing groups, captain of the swimming team, leader of a church youth group and founder of a bible study class. At Dartmouth, she rows on the women's crew team and sings with the College Glee Club and X.ado, a Christian a cappella group. Adams, a member of RFB&D since 1994, has borrowed about 20 books. Using RFB&D's tapes, was, she says, "the equivalent to having an intelligent and helpful friend sitting with me. Reading with these tapes ... made accessible to me what would have otherwise been off limits before, particularly great literature ... These textbooks on tape have filled an enormous need for my academic life to this point and will continue to be vital for my future academic and personal fulfillment." Nationwide, RFB&D has over 91,000 members in kindergarten through graduate school and beyond, with more than 3,500 students from Texas. RFB&D taped textbooks are read and recorded by more than 5,700 highly trained volunteers working in 32 studios around the country, including a studio in Austin, TX. RFB&D's master library in Princeton, NJ, houses over 83,000 textbook titles in every subject and grade level. Last year, RFB&D circulated a quarter of a million accessible textbooks among its members. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X32662117
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