What School Was Like As A Blind Student

9 Sep 2020
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I'm Molly, a typical sushi, makeup, and fashion loving millennial girl who just so happens to be blind! I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at just 4 years old and began public speaking at age 5. I started just doing motivational speaking, but now I make videos and even model! Even though I can’t see, I know that there are bright spots in everything we face. Let’s find them together. 💕

  • Are you back at school yet? How is it going?! Share your experience at school! What do you like, what do you find challenging?

    Molly BurkeMolly BurkeVor 4 Monate
    • This isn’t really related to the question, but one of the things I hated was last year in year five we played this game where we had to line up in birth order from January to December, Without talking. I specifically remember it as communication deprivation because I am also low vision.

      Natalie HasanNatalie HasanVor 27 Tage
    • Molly Burke it’s my first year at middle school and it’s awfullllll because of covid

      Halters And HorsesHalters And HorsesVor 3 Monate
    • You should do a panel with people with different disabilities on how to improve the education systems!

      Claire BClaire BVor 4 Monate
    • Hi Molly my name is Shane and I am a huge fan! I'm writing this 5 days after you posted the video and I wish I would have seen it on the day it came out. I have cerebral palsy. In the grand scheme of things it's somewhat mild and for the most part is effects only my legs. That said I spend most of my time in a wheelchair. I was surprised because so much of your IEP and accommodations we're similar to mine including using the largest table in the back of the room.

      Shane PeedShane PeedVor 4 Monate
    • why do people care if you need extra help obvsiley you can't judge how i lern by how say an athlete learns were two different people

      supermario35327supermario35327Vor 4 Monate
  • Hey Molly, can you do a video of your experience doing math and science?

    Thomas NguyenThomas NguyenVor 12 Stunden
  • I kinda feel this but not as much cause i have adhd

    Alice PineapaliceAlice PineapaliceVor 6 Tage
  • Ah she had an incredible excellent personality im lookin at you odd 1sout

    Alice PineapaliceAlice PineapaliceVor 6 Tage
  • I ask this comment every time she wears this lippie... what is the shade and brand I need it!!! Anyone pleaseeeeee

    Casey SedgwickCasey SedgwickVor 20 Tage
  • I was also misdiagnosed with a learning disability, not even by a doctor, but by my school. It never said I had a learning disability on my IEP or my 504 (when I switched to that) but my school just assumed I did. I’m not blind, I have Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus but they still just assumed I had a learning disability becuase of my outward appearance. I should have spoken up, but I was such a shy kid and I just accepted that that’s how life was. Everyday I would be sent to a special classroom right before lunch and we’d go over everything we just learned but in a simpler form. Almost all day I’d have a “special needs teacher” with me who would help me with work, even though I didnt need it and it was supposed to be set up where they were only with me at recess, when physical activities were happening. When they weren’t with me, I was still bullied. I was talked down to WAY more than the other kids, and just alienated. I also got extensions on my work, but for no reason. The only thing I felt was fair that I got extensions and breaks on was computerized tests becuase I get headaches much easier than other people, so staring at a screen for long times without break is hard for me. But unlike what they were doing to accommodate my “learning disability”, that directly related to my physical disability. All the extra unnecessary accommodations somewhat stopped in middle school when my teachers noticed that I was doing so well in class that they didnt see a need for me to go to extra classes or have a specialized teacher with me all day. They continued to try to meet my physical needs, but like you said, the school system doesnt know how to handle disabled students. Any time I tried to advocate for myself, I was pretty much ignored becuase apparently I dont know my capabilities. My mom fought so hard for me, but it still wasn’t enough. And all the bullying I has experienced since starting school left me so quiet that I barley even told my mom about my school experiences. So of course the bullying didn’t stop until last year when I FINALLY switched to a charter school that is AMAZING in everyway. The students and teachers are the best people I’ve ever met! Almsot all the students, while not all being disabled, have gone through SOMETHING in their life. For most, bullying was a large part of their life aswell. It’s amazing becuase no one treats me different there. And the second someone tries bullying someone, the other students stand up for eachother and my school has a zero bullying policy, that unlike most public schools, they stand by. Bully someone and your kicked out. It has given me so much more confidence and I’m fonally not as quiet! I feel like I can actually be myself. I’m blessed to be there! Even though Covid has prevented me from being there this year :/ If you read all this, have a blessed day!

    KzCreationz & MoreKzCreationz & MoreVor 22 Tage
  • Having a learning disability often doesn't relate to IQ. I was tested for giftedness (which I have), but never for ADHD (which I also have). My brain is wired differently & it just doesn't do certain, specific things well. The high IQ helps me find some ways around it, but not always. I just had to learn my own ways of learning & to be kind to myself with the things I simply cannot do.

    cetkatcetkatVor Monat
  • To this day, I wish special education students were treated the same as everyone else.

    Jessica BJessica BVor Monat
  • Can you talk more about Braille Math?

    Jessica BJessica BVor Monat
  • The school I went to is pretty bad, I was diagnosed with ADD first and high functioning autism (or whatever that is called in English, basically it doesn’t count as a learning disability because I have a high intelligence. We call it “hoogbegaafd” but also with autism) after. They never did anything to help me, they always said I was just lazy and daydreaming because despite not paying attention to the explanations I still did the work nearly flawless. However when my migraine with aura (or migraine accompagnée according to my Dutch doctors) started occurring they still didn’t give me any help despite me literally losing feeling in my arm, leg and half my face so much so that the skin on my face drooped down and that’s not even mentioning the headaches I’d get. They just told me to get over it since despite the doctors earlier fears of brain damage there wasn’t any and I’d just have to suck it up and go to school... even now my sister (who is 8) goes there and they don’t know how to handle her autism (she’s most likely also “hoogbegaafd” but she’s too young to get tested) she does get help however since her autistic tendencies are worse than mine and they are about to kick her out of school so that she can go to special education, however the school wants her to go to a school for kids with learning disabilities that affect their intelligence while my mom is saying that she doesn’t want her to go there but to a school for people with disabilities that are highly intelligent because like me before her, she isn’t challenged in class. All the work is too easy for her (as it was for me, but I was really shy so I never asked for something harder) and she tries (in her way) to let the teachers know, but the current teacher is new to the job and has no idea on how to handle her and most of the time ignores her... I mean the headmistress drags her by her arm back to class when she refuses to go back in, so I can’t really blame him for when he did the same. The only reason we know they did these things is because they have logs of what happened each day regarding my sister, but my favorite teacher from when I went there just writes down the truth and doesn’t sugarcoat it which results in the less friendly behavior being unmasked. I am sad to say that my sister going to a different school is practically unavoidable, but when and where is still the question. I’m pretty sure my mom and dad have gotten control over where seeing as they went school shopping a couple weeks back but they haven’t decided yet. When will probably be around spring but my mom is hoping it’ll be prolonged until the start of the next school year although it’s highly unlikely seeing as the school wanted her gone since grade 1 and she’s in grade 3 now (intelligence wise she’s already grade 4 tho, just not emotionally and those were the words I was searching for oops)

    Naomi SeldenrustNaomi SeldenrustVor Monat
  • I had a cousin who had Muscular Dystrophy - His life goal was to learn how to read. He was slow at speaking and couldnt walk, and movement was hard. In all honestly I don't think he had a learning disability, just a physical disability. He was smart , and charming. When he was at school it was part time and I dont think much learning was going on. God called him home when he was 17. Molly is right we need to fight for our disabled friends

    Beatriz SalinasBeatriz SalinasVor Monat
  • Hi Molly! I so loved hearing about your perspective on this. My 15 year old daughter is also blind and I could relate to so much of what you said because I see her facing similar challenges. My daughter is a Braille only reader. I would LOVE to hear more about what math was like for you and how you found ways to learn it. Math is so complicated for blind students because it is such a visual, abstract subject. My daughter also really struggles with her confidence. She is in 9th grade and experiencing the fact that most people only see her as a blind person and not for the person she really is. She is afraid to reach out to any of her peers and initiate any friendship with them because of that. They see her as SO different and she faces bullying and ableism all the time. She watches your videos and I would love for her to hear you speak to these issues. Lots of love! Thanks for being you and adding your perspective to world. ❤️

    Laura ParkerLaura ParkerVor Monat
  • Molly, this is honestly so interesting to watch. I’m currently in secondary school here in the UK - not sure what you’re American/Canadian equivalent is - and blind. It’s great to hear how you did things. Not only because of your varied experiences with how the school(s( did things generally, but also how you did it in the mid-late 2000s! Wow times have changed!

    Joseph SeabourneJoseph SeabourneVor 2 Monate
  • Loving your elephant tatoo!

    Operation CakeOperation CakeVor 2 Monate
  • even in the US you and I had very similar accommodations. accept for the CCTV's and yes I remember all of those braille math books!

    Maria ReyesMaria ReyesVor 2 Monate
  • I love your videos. They Teach everyone a lot about the blind community. My brother is legally blind with a vision of 20/400 in one eye and 20/800 in his other eye. He also has a nystagmus. He also needed an IEP and had a extra adults to help him read the blackboard or write things down for him if the font was too small. He had large textbooks as well. In America, the helper that you had is Called a para

    Angela IppolitoAngela IppolitoVor 2 Monate
  • The education system in Canada sounds like it is so much more accommodating than in America. At my high school they just put all the students with learning disabilities in one classroom together so they could be "babied" essentially and called it good. Many had IEPs or 504 and this grouping of all these students is how the school thought they were following the plan to help the students. It did not help anyone because we had to skip entire sections in some classes since the teacher could not manage all 25 to 30 or so plans at once. Was not an enjoyable experience...

    Moonlight WaterfallMoonlight WaterfallVor 2 Monate
  • We have kindergarten 3 and kindergarten 4 and then grade 1 so would be a similar path!

    Brittany FerraroBrittany FerraroVor 2 Monate
  • I grew up in the states - my school had JK and SK as well!

    KC ChavianoKC ChavianoVor 2 Monate
  • I’m assuming your an auditory learner

    Jane AnnJane AnnVor 2 Monate
  • Mind if I use this information for my book?

    Lisa OwenLisa OwenVor 3 Monate
  • It took me years to find a school Avondale discula diskexyu numbers disgrafy most just how public school

    Molly Kate BarnesMolly Kate BarnesVor 3 Monate
  • Go Canada. Yay I’m a Canadian

    Annika’sAGWorldAnnika’sAGWorldVor 3 Monate
  • My friend is blind and she says she watches you and I watch you

    Annika’sAGWorldAnnika’sAGWorldVor 3 Monate
  • I am sighted, but really resonate with what you said about standing up for yourself. I have been been doing the uncomfortable thing lately and telling people how I prefer to learn or work and what makes me feel respected. I feels awkward doing it, but it makes the world easier to manage when people understand how to help you.

    Abbie AdamsAbbie AdamsVor 3 Monate
  • I love your little elephant tattoo. It’s so cute.

    Rach MarieRach MarieVor 3 Monate
    • I like it too, but I've heard Molly say she kind of regrets it and was thinking of having it removed. I think it's cute, but she may have grown out of it. It is a little cartoonish.

      S DarbyS DarbyVor 2 Monate
  • Weird I live in Canada and we have pre primary , primary and then grade 1 ! We don’t call it kindergarten in Nova Scotia

    Dominique KattDominique KattVor 3 Monate
  • I'm in college right now getting my degree in secondary education English and Language Arts. We've discussed working with disabled students and there's a lot of good information, but as a disabled student myself I feel that there's a lot that needs to be said. I really appreciate you talking about this Molly, because it highlights the things about teaching a blind student that you wouldn't think about. For me, I have an uncommon learning disability as well as multiple chronic health issues and dealing with anxiety and childhood trama. These present their own challenges for education and that's how it is. There is no one size fits all fix for students with disabilities. I've only ever heard of extend time for tests, I've never heard of it for all assignments. That's something I really need but don't have. Something that I find is most important to me as a disabled student is teacher's understanding my situation and being easily approachable for when I have questions or need help.

    shalahm@att.netshalahm@att.netVor 3 Monate
  • This sounds so stressful

    Lauren EdmundsLauren EdmundsVor 3 Monate
  • Extremely fascinating. I have autism and the special education is flawed from my experience as well. I have a book coming g out about my school experience next year. Thank you for this!

    mlynnemlynneVor 3 Monate
  • In most places in the US we actually have pre-K then 4K and then 5k!

    Riley MRiley MVor 3 Monate
  • I am Canadian and I have never heard of senior kindergarten or some of the other things mentioned, so I think it is more Ontario then the rest of Canada

    TishaMTishaMVor 3 Monate
  • You’re so inspirational molly. I just have no words. Have watched you for a while now and I’m just so in awe of you. You are amazing. Thank you for opening everyone’s eyes to certain disabilities. It’s definitely helped me understand and further educate myself💓

    Natasha DarcyNatasha DarcyVor 3 Monate
  • I worked as an "Educational Assistant/Vision Itinerant". Where I'm from it's called a Student Resource Aide. We were trained to work with students with all disabilities. However, my first student was Visually Impaired. My supervisor really liked the way I worked with my student with VI, so for the 7 years that I worked in that position I was placed only with students with VI. I had three students during that period. I started learning braille with my first student while he was also learning it for the first time. He was 5. Everything you are explaining in terms of using magnifying glasses, jaws, a white board with black marker, IEP's, having extra time for exams, a separate room. I've experienced this with my students in different capacities. The bond I formed with my students are really special to me, it's like they were my own kids (I'm 25 and have no children of my own). I am so proud of each of them they are doing wonderfully. Thank you for speaking about this, I think a lot of teachers and other persons in education need to become familiar with it, so they aren't as afraid or cautious when they have a student with special needs in their classroom.

    Becky LiveFreeBecky LiveFreeVor 3 Monate
  • Wow this video makes me realize who privileged I am to have sight

    Rachel ThomasRachel ThomasVor 3 Monate
    • I wouldn't call sight a privilege. It is not something only privileged humans get. But not having sight is profoundly challenging, that's for sure. It is probably the most challenging of physical disabilities.

      S DarbyS DarbyVor 2 Monate
  • Besides the point but Shakespeare is actually modern day English!

    Kristen DysonKristen DysonVor 3 Monate
  • Unrelated but you look super cute in this video!

    Aria!Aria!Vor 3 Monate
  • I’m so excited for this video. I’ve always wondered about this!

    kayliiikakayliiikaVor 3 Monate
  • Couple of video requests: I know you've done a video on vision loss, but is your vision still. deteriorating? Also racism, how, as a blind person who can't comprehend colour, do you understand racism?

    Super RaegunSuper RaegunVor 4 Monate
    • She has lost almost all of her vision, but I think she can see bright light and shadows. Her vision is profoundly deteriorated already, but she has said that she would be very upset if she lost what little she has left. As for racism, that isn't a "color" thing as much as a race thing, and I'm sure Molly understand that there are different races and what racism is all about. The color of the person doesn't really matter with racism. A person with albinism who has little to no pigment in their skin could still be African and consider themselves a "black" person, just like a European person with a deep tan would still be European or "white." Racism is about ethnic bigotry, not color. Also, Molly had some vision when she was a child, so she comprehends color. She even has a favorite color. She was not born blind. Only people who were born with total blindness wouldn't understand color, but that doesn't have anything to do with the concept of racism. Even someone born blind could easily grasp the concept. You don't have to be able to see to know about the different rraces. Molly knows she is Irish, for example, and clearly understands what that means.

      S DarbyS DarbyVor 2 Monate
  • Thank you Molly for spreading awareness ❤️ it’s important to be aware of disability in my opinion. I think it helps with being a better caring person, so thank you Molly for helping us with that❤️😍🥰 love you!

    LexyLexyVor 4 Monate
  • Student teacher here: I'm obviously only still learning how to work with students with disabilities, but one thing our students' IEPs measure that I think is so important is whether kids advocate for themselves when they need help. If you have disabled kids, PLEASE teach them to advocate for themselves in the classroom so that they get the help they need.

    Allison HellmanAllison HellmanVor 4 Monate
  • Molly: I know these accomodations may sound unfair to an able student Me: *Inhales* Molly babes I'm an able student and it still sounds unfair. You're okay queen bee! I support you forever!

    Lina F.Lina F.Vor 4 Monate
    • I meant it sounds unfair she should have more time.

      Lina F.Lina F.Vor 2 Monate
    • Why does it sound unfair? I don't get it. She can't do the same work in the same amount of time as a sighted person could.

      S DarbyS DarbyVor 2 Monate
  • I know Molly will never see this.. but it is so interesting to see this video. I am currently a student in psychology in school. I am taking an Exceptional Children class which includes students with disabilities like hearing loss, blindness, or just any learning disability. Many of the terms she's talking about, for example IEP, are things that I am currently studying. It's nice to see how these things really do play out in school (even if it isn't always perfect). I'm proud of Molly for everything she has accomplished in her career and I always will wish her the best. Love you, Molly and you've inspired me more than you'll ever know.

    Maison Amaya BlackMaison Amaya BlackVor 4 Monate
  • Just something that your video reminded me of, my mom’s great aunt was blind and she would write my mother letters fully in cursive. I honestly don’t know how she did it but we still have some of the letters and they were done really well, side note she also won a karaoke talent show thing lol

    JessabeeJessabeeVor 4 Monate
    • She was not totally blind if she was writing letters, lol. That isn't possible. You must have vision in order to write a letter on paper. She probably had limited vision, or maybe she was legally blind (which is different), but there is no way in heck she wrote your mom letters in cursive as a completely blind person. Maybe she lost her vision later in life, after she wrote those letters, or she had glasses that gave her enough sight to see what she was writing. But no, people who are considered blind, even when they are wearing corrective lenses, can't write letters. Maybe she dictated it to someone else and they wrote it for her?

      S DarbyS DarbyVor 2 Monate
  • Molly: as an able-bodied student you're probably thinking that it's unfair that I got a head start. Me, and able-bodied student: I'm actually thinking that it's still probably not enough to give you a normal start. Shool does favor a very specific type of visual learner with book smarts, and it's really unfair to expect everyone else to play catch-up to those specific (ableist + neurotypical) skills.

    Ana LorenaAna LorenaVor 4 Monate
  • I have had an iep for such a long time and everyone thought it was unfair too but like whats unfair is that i didn't choose this as being my brain like its not our faults

    Emily GordonEmily GordonVor 4 Monate
  • That's okay, everybody should understand your title that makes it clear, that it is your experience. You just forgot to say it in titles like myths about blind people and so on 😉

    moony0205moony0205Vor 4 Monate
  • I'm so glad you made this video because when I was at secondary school (I'm from the UK) it took about two and a half years to get the basics in place and the next 3 years after it still had trouble with my teachers and I would get in so much trouble because I was behind on my work and exam revision, because of this I felt like a burden so I was reluctant to ask for help, my self esteem and confidence crumbled (I had teachers that I trusted but it still wasn't enough). But thankfully now I'm at an amazing school for my last two years of education before uni and they have given me so much support and help from day one and so now I feel I can achieve anything I want.

    Nazifa SNazifa SVor 4 Monate
  • Same thing happened with my shadow in Grade 6 (EA), people thought she was my mother! I have a light version of CP and she is with me and only with me for all of the time. Like you, Molly I have some exceptions when it comes to homework, tests or exams because of my slow pace (which is due to fine motor skills). I had trouble making friends but more due to self-confidence and then I met six people who were like ‘You’re amazing.’ And here I am 😁

    CrazyMarvel FanCrazyMarvel FanVor 4 Monate
    • Maybe the people who assist students should wear something that identifies them as an assistant or EA. Maybe they could wear a lanyard, which is like a long necklace type of thing with the person's photo ID and job description on it. Also your classroom teacher should introduce your EA to the class and help them understand why they are helping you. That might help a lot.

      S DarbyS DarbyVor 2 Monate
  • I’ve always found it interesting to learn about others’ experiences with disabilities, especially with education, so thank you for sharing your experiences so openly. While I had accommodations in school for being deaf in one ear, I’m fully aware of the fact that my schooling did not have nearly as many challenges as those with more severe disabilities. Thank you for sharing your experiences so honestly in this video and on your channel!

    Ink & PageInk & PageVor 4 Monate
  • I was bullied from grade 1 through 12 as well. I am legally blind and partially deaf so I had a VI and a hearing teacher with me all the time. The school system always plopped me into the special ed classrooms so they didn't have to change a ton of things, however i did have a lot of the accommodations you mentioned. i wish i advocated for myself more than I did. I'm in college now, I'm graduating in December, but two years ago i had to switch majors because a professor was refusing to do my accommodations, she only ended up getting a slap on the wrist because she has tenure. I am unfortunately one of the blind individuals who are living below the poverty line because it is SO HARD to find jobs that won't discriminate or take you seriously.

    Sara FurnerSara FurnerVor 4 Monate
  • My brother had the same sort of thing in primary school where teachers thought he had learning disabilities (mainly because my eldest brother is severely autistic) but it turned out to be his vision was just really bad (astigmatisms in both eyes that were not diagnosed until he was around 8yo - he was around -6 in both eyes) *He's an engineer now and got laser eye surgery a few years ago 😂

    Fatimah IbrahimFatimah IbrahimVor 4 Monate
  • 2:02 One thing I never do is guess a lady's age or anything of the kind. 2:08 If it's any consolation, old is a relative term.

    Bert VisscherBert VisscherVor 4 Monate
  • Teacher: "In silence, make eye contact, that's your partner." I'd have been there like, "what if my partner can't make eye contact? ........ I wanna be Molly's partner."

    nonoVor 4 Monate
  • I think Jr and Sr Kindergarten might just be an Ontario thing, cause it's not a BC or Alberta thing.

    ICatheraTashaIICatheraTashaIVor 4 Monate
  • Aa a blind woman who wants to be a teacher in public schools, I love hearing about another blind individual's experience. I can definitely relate, and thank you for being positive and grateful in the way you approach living. As an aside, the blonde hair is really really cute, especially with this haircut. Nailing it Queen!

    Julie DewJulie DewVor 4 Monate
  • that was really cool, i was touched by your recollection of those women i can't help but be impressed by your tenacity and i think you share some great advice and insights. it has me feeling a little about forgetting temporarily that sight is something you struggle with when you so well presenting yourself to the world.

    Liam DLiam DVor 4 Monate
  • Love the tattoo Molly, it's so cute!!!

    Sami EylSami EylVor 4 Monate
  • Ah yes this brought back some memories of school hell as a dyslexic student.....

    Liane ReadingLiane ReadingVor 4 Monate
  • I am currently in grad school to be a school psychologist and this info is much needed, especially for low incidence disabilities such as blindness we really don't have standard procedures to go off of or training in those areas, please share more!

    Casey JoCasey JoVor 4 Monate
  • Ur so gorgeous, i love ur video

    Sweet Priyanka ChopraSweet Priyanka ChopraVor 4 Monate
  • I don't have any physical disabilities or learning liabilities, but I do struggle with mental health to the point where I can't even go to school anymore. My school tries really hard but they end up falling short because like Molly said schools weren't structured keeping in mind disabled students. I was wondering how did the school system help with your mental health and bullying? and what did they do to prevent any bullying?

    Kate CuellKate CuellVor 4 Monate
  • Molly, You would not be the person you are today If you we not blind. You would not probably have this job. All of you followers, subscribers, etc.that you now have. I’m not taking this to affect you in a bad way but, you are you and there’s nothing you can do to change you. There is some amazing personality that is inside of you and you need to show that! Stay strong!🥰💪🏻

    Lilia RexinLilia RexinVor 4 Monate
  • I don’t understand how anyone can bully someone period. But I especially don’t understand how you can bully someone that can’t even see their perpetrator. Kids are so cruel.

    AlwaysTubin9213AlwaysTubin9213Vor 4 Monate
  • I am a student who have sight problem making me unable to read a whiteboard and every teacher would draw a diagram or write a formula down then explaining it but i couldn't understand it . So everytime i would have to go infront and sit on the floor to get a better view of the whiteboard because i am a student who is quite tall and have to sit at the back or corner because of this. And everytime i go infront student and teacher would get annoyed by it so i just try my very best to remember every word that teacher said . This have been going on since i was 7. But i know this is not as big of a problem then you were having. I just wanted to share my experience.

    Kiyoka SonaKiyoka SonaVor 4 Monate
  • Also, I don't know if u know but I have diabetes which of coarse is a medical condition.

    Carrot cakeCarrot cakeVor 4 Monate
  • we have preschool 3k (3 kindergarten) 4k, and 5k, and then so on.

    Carrot cakeCarrot cakeVor 4 Monate
  • I can't fathom how people would think that your accommodations would give you a leg up. Like you had that just so you had a fighting chance at learning!

    Libby MorehouseLibby MorehouseVor 4 Monate
  • My ophthalmologist did not want me to go to a blind school. So I was basically pushed through the public school system until I graduated I went through the school of hard knocks. It was very rough but it made me the person who I am today after graduating from high school I discovered talking books I blossomed when I received my talking books in college and it made a tremendous difference for me I realize that I was not stupid and dumb I graduated with honors as a music major I earned my masters degree educator. I have taught music for 33 years with great success and all because I went through the school of hard knocks assistive technology has tremendously changed my life and I am an advocate for students learning braille braille is so important. Thank you for what you do Molly if you wanna learn more about me just send me a message and hopefully we can chat sometime thank you for what you do

    Denise Mary PerezDenise Mary PerezVor 4 Monate
  • my whole town is virtual and it sucks

    K HurdaK HurdaVor 4 Monate
  • So amazing to hear about your experience! Thank you for sharing that you were misdiagnosed with a learning disability. I definitely feel like this still happens a lot when people don't learn in a way that's common. I hope you sharing that story encourages people to think about things differently and not use "learning disability" for crutch.

    Alison AuditoreAlison AuditoreVor 4 Monate
  • you do understand that some aren't as rich, and not every school can provide all of this right?

    StelaStelaVor 4 Monate
  • My 6y/o girl has Autism level 1... Currently she's not attending school because I'm unable to pay for her education. Public school wants to send her to the special education system, meaning to be with Down Syndrome students. Her psychologist advices against it because it will be counterproductive for her (she would pick up bad habits and would hindrance her development)... And private schools are almost as expensive as my whole paycheck... I really don't know what to do... I have looked at scholarships and State support... But nothing! It's hard and quite sad...

    Giny88Giny88Vor 4 Monate
  • I had a learning disability so I was classified and had an IEP. I had a lot of the stuff you had like extra time on tests and stuff but I was also required to use a calculator for math tests because my specific disability was dyscalculia. You reminded me of one Spanish class I had where all the kids who were classified were given a list of vocab words during tests. So we didn't have to memorize them but everyone else did. About halfway through the school year someone noticed this and the class started complaining. I remember just loudly saying. "It's always been this way you just never noticed it." Getting extra time, or doing less homework, or using a calculator during tests is not giving you or me an advantage. It's putting us on an equal playing field with everyone else. I remember my math skills being tested when I was in high school and they told me I had a 5th grade math level. Can you imagine a 5th grader trying to take calculus? If I didn't have these modifications I never would have passed my math classes. In fact, my college didn't honor my IEP and my grades plummeted.

    MeloMeloVor 4 Monate
  • I live in the GTA in Canada as well. My older brother had a student in his 6th grade class who was quadriplegic who also had an adult assistant sit with him in every class. And I remember when both of them passed by us and my brother was like, “Yeah, that’s his mother.”

    shoogurshoogurVor 4 Monate
  • You have wise words. Nobody realises what it is like to be at an inbuilt disadvantage. I want you to put the I get to play to my strengths quote on your products. I am old enough to remember much less technology. I have cerebral palsy. I can see. However, I have the shakey eyes and struggle with print and depth perception. I was bullied by staff and kids at a special school. I don't think they have got education right. I loved it when I went to mainstream in what would be 10th grade I had good teachers and I still see some of my support staff. I seriously think I might be dead without the good input I had. They really did set me free.

    Anika Baddeley Rolling BackwardsAnika Baddeley Rolling BackwardsVor 4 Monate
  • I was diagnosed with several different learning disabilities during my school career and continuously had my intelligence questioned. During one particular incident I was told by my 5th grade teacher that a paper I had painstakingly worked on would receive an F because and I qoute "you obviously did not write this because this project is a college level paper" I was crushed. Thank God my parents encouraged my strengths at home or else I don't know where I'd be right now.

    Mandy GoodwinMandy GoodwinVor 4 Monate
  • Wow lucky you in Canada. Here in Ireland you wouldn't get any of that help. Canada sounds better for education.

  • I am from Greece and now I am 30 years old and I am just dyslexic, it was definitely difficult what you went through but half the help I would have become Einstein, I will say at the beginning they thought that I am mentally retarded in the 90s

    3Dprinted_axe3Dprinted_axeVor 4 Monate
  • Hey Molly, I’m studying to become a teacher and honestly this is sooooo helpful. I would love for you to do a video on the strategies and plans you went through to ensure your needs were accommodated for. 🥰🤪 Thanks Molly for brightening my day!

    Cassie LawsonCassie LawsonVor 4 Monate

    Ainsley HarronAinsley HarronVor 4 Monate
  • that junior kindergarten thing may just be an east coast thing, I grew up in BC, we only have preschool, kindergarten, grade 1

    liveyourlife510liveyourlife510Vor 4 Monate
  • I've graduated now but I grew up as a severely mentally ill student with a learning disability. I had 504 meetings each year but they never helped me. Me and my mom never knew what to ask for. We never knew where to even start. To be honest my problems are so severe (I'm actually disabled) that I'm not quite sure there was anything they could have done to really help me. I was always too shy to speak up and ask for what I needed bc my teachers always made me feel terrible for even asking. I never got any sort of therapy at all for my learning disability and even now I struggle to read anything. I've just given up on it honestly its too hard. I didn't benefit from school and there are reasons beyond my disabilities of why that is. I feel like school and being required to show up not only traumatized me and left me severely damaged and discouraged but it feels like those were years of my life taken from me. I didn't learn much from school. Luckily I have a deep need for intellectual stimulation and I do know a lot of things that will actually serve me well in life. I dont even care to learn what school teaches their students bc even then it felt like I was spending so much emotional energy trying to learn stuff that made zero difference to my life. I have so many critiques of the education system in America. I regret ever going to high school especially. I had plenty of friends so don't think that's what made me so miserable. I was severely failed by the education system and I want to tear the whole thing down and rebuild it.

    Rebecca SmithRebecca SmithVor 4 Monate
  • Can you please change or fix your mic? Your videos have a messed up audio

    A SarsharA SarsharVor 4 Monate
  • If you combined two of the names you said, you get my name!!! Also, I have dyspraxia and a phonological disorder. I'm still at school and whenever I get asked to read someone I want to punch my teacher. One time in year 7 (I live in the uk) my teacher asked me to read the first chapter of a book. I didnt really like that teacher anyway but I read it and one of the words was ditch. They thought I said d*ck. So some of the kids were laughing cos I said that word and the teacher just didnt do anything.

    ChocoHate CakeChocoHate CakeVor 4 Monate
  • I would love to see you write and what it looks like!

    Emily TorrentEmily TorrentVor 4 Monate
  • my senior in highschool also have eyes diseases that cause him to go blind, at his year the graduation is decided by national examnation. he do the examnation in private room where the teacher will read the problem and another teacher will mark his answer in answers sheets. now he is going into the best university in my country learning japanese language.

    Cath MeiYueCath MeiYueVor 4 Monate
  • She is soooo pretty

    Gaming7Gaming7Vor 4 Monate
  • it is very different in school and my sister was born on 2012 and you look 20 today

    Kinley KellyKinley KellyVor 4 Monate
  • This was truly inspiring. I’m stubborn and can be self righteous so it’s hard for me tell someone they’ve inspired me but you need to know you have a purpose and it’s being fulfilled. I just started my first semester back in undergrad at 24. I have multiple disabilities & I’m only on the 3rd week in. I spent 15 consecutive hours yesterday and 6 consecutive hours today writing a research paper for my psychology class. I started feeling incredibly discouraged yesterday thinking other students don’t have to try nearly as hard as I. I cried tears of frustration but when typing my last sentence I felt an amazing sense of relief and great accomplishment. A few hours later I started to feel overwhelmed that I still had so much homework to do but then I watched this and I feel encouraged to continue on with school. Thank you for sharing Molly! This was a great topic to talk about. ☺️

    Oli Keeping The FaithOli Keeping The FaithVor 4 Monate
  • Curious what did they do for you for gym class? In elementary school I had a special gym teacher dedicated to me... which was awkward he'd stand next to me during everything because I couldn't get bumped in the head they feared it'd cause blindness. Now picture not allowed to be hit and playing dodgeball... absurd. In middle school and high school I was put in special ed gym where it was with the other special needs kids and we had "adapted gym" which meant we didn't do any activities with the main class so it was only a hand full of kids so we couldn't do anything very fun we'd walk the track or lift weights. One year I had eye surgery so I did paper gym which was writing a paragraph about some news article of my choice. I loved having paper gym.

    freshbrowneyesfreshbrowneyesVor 4 Monate
  • Being visually impaired (from birth) my parents had to fight the school district to main stream me the district wanting to place me in special education b/c of my impairment. From 1st grade I had a Itinerant and they always placed me in the front row of the class or they'd move my desk directly next to the teacher in the front of the classroom which was the most embarrassing to deal with. There was 1 Itinerant for the whole district so I only had her with me for about an hour a day a couple times a week. I had the same woman from 1st grade through graduating high school. I think one of the rough parts for me was in middle school the time slot they took me out was during lunch period so I couldn't socialize which made middle school rough. I hated the large print book b/c of how bulky they were and how many were not the same edition of the same textbook the class had and finding the corresponding pages in the large print books was torture sometimes. Ironically I was always a visual learner so being visually impaired learning was extremely frustrating for me if I couldn't see what was being taught. If I saw something in text I could remember it very easily but if I heard it I was less likely to recall it. They really tried to get me to use audio books but I could never really keep focus I'd just want to fall asleep. It wasn't until college that I finally really was able to get a routine on how to use audiobooks to ease eye strain. Growing up visually impaired through the education system is definitely a challenge.

    freshbrowneyesfreshbrowneyesVor 4 Monate
  • Lol I’m from Manitoba and we only have preschool and kindergarten

    Fraggel RockFraggel RockVor 4 Monate
  • I have a learning disability called dyslexia and I too had an IEP and had some of the same accommodations that Molly had like extra time on homework and extra time on time on test so I completely understand where she is coming from I’m in a masters program right now and still have accommodations

    Alie ScottAlie ScottVor 4 Monate
  • I actually had a plan as well. (east coast Virginia,US) It was called a 504 plan. I needed a few accommodations but wasn't fully disabled. For example I wasn't allowed to carry a back pack due to a weight limit (bad back). So my teachers had to keep a copy of the books...only problem was substitute teachers did not understand this part and would lecture me about getting my book. And i kept a full set at home. I couldn't participate in GYM. I could walk at my own pace and play anything I felt comfortable trying. If i had a bad day I could simply lay on the floor or benches and use that time to rest my back. Whenever my classes had special education children I tried to make them feel included because I knew what it felt like to be different. Unfortunately the later years of school kept the special education students completely separate from the general education so I didn't see them much. I still have empathy for others today.

    Laura ELaura EVor 4 Monate
  • It was great that you had a lot of support in school. I understand your frustration, but you worked hard and became sucessful in life .You should be proud of yourself!! Kudos to you :)

    Danielle EmmaDanielle EmmaVor 4 Monate
  • It's annoying that people get upset about students getting accommodations for their conditions. They're not getting advantages over their peers. They're getting help so they can hopefully catch up with their peers. I understand if schools can't afford certain accommodations and are doing the best with what they have. Some schools though are unsympathetic and refuse to cooperate. They say things like, "We don't owe your kid a cadillac."

    Thanks HermioneThanks HermioneVor 4 Monate
    • So true, SMH to my school district lmao

      Miranda V-LMiranda V-LVor 4 Monate
  • It never ended until I started going to Kansas state for the blind

    Abrienda EckhoffAbrienda EckhoffVor 4 Monate
  • I feel your pain Molly it sucks

    Abrienda EckhoffAbrienda EckhoffVor 4 Monate
  • Wow, been awhile since I heard some of these terms I actually forgot about my own schooling experience. Have ADHD, and had an EA for all of middle school, would usually have to do tests in my own private room, would get longer time for it and extensions on assignments and whatnot. Never really had any of that in highschool, think it's why my grades got kind of bad for awhile until I really tried to put the effort forward.

    Calypso ChaosCalypso ChaosVor 4 Monate