Young people with learning differences have so much to offer the world. They are often under-employed, because of their lack of social understanding and competency. They often live lives of isolation (with or without a college degree).
We know that Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, NLD and Dyslexia are learning differences as opposed to learning disabilities. This is not semantics but a real understanding that is necessary to help young adults understand who they are.
IBM computers run the world. They operate all the businesses and operational systems. Apple computers process differently. They can do graphics, visual design, music, etc., things that IBM’s were not made to do. Would you say that an Apple computer is disabled?
No, it just processes differently than an IBM. It’s like the IBM’s speak English and we speak Chinese. We need to learn English to get along in the nuerotypical world. We need to learn to interface with the IBM’s.
The interface is a social interface—learning the social competencies of the neuro-typical world. Students must make their special interest learning the non-verbal language and social competencies of the IBM world.
Students must be courageously honest and willing to learn flexibility and not repeat all the same patterns they have exhibited over their young adulthood. They must be willing to change.
With the help of the Berkshire Visual & Performing Arts Center and CIP, students can develop an understanding of themselves and become happy and successful individuals of the world.
Featuring the work of professionals and students who embrace the College Internship Program’s mission to encourage and develop the artistic talents of young adults on the spectrum and with learning differences.
BVPAC is a project of the College Internship Program (CIP), a national postsecondary program preparing young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD, and other Learning Differences for success since 1984. Learn more about CIP.