This summer, we’ve teamed up with Understood.org, the Oak Foundation, and Eye to Eye to send three young people with learning and attention issues on a road trip across the U.S.
Many of the big name CEOs, political figures, authors, scientists, athletes, and people we interact with on an everyday basis have learning and attention issues, and they are not only coping, but thriving. These creative and inspiring individuals represent the 1 in 5 people in the United States who struggle with reading, writing, math, focus, and attention—often, they often credit their learning and attention issues as the driving force that shaped their success. We think it’s time to let everyone see the possibilities!
So, without further ado, meet the Being Understood Roadtrip team: Noah, Nicole, and Stephanie
Noah is an 18-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland who loves being active and spending time outdoors. He also enjoys playing video games and hopes to become a video game designer someday. As a recent high school graduate, Noah is planning to major in computer science in the fall. Noah has ADHD and dyslexia but he won’t let that to stand in the way of his dream. He hopes to find mentors on the road trip who prove it’s possible to pursue a goal no matter what’s thrown at you.
What will he be nomming for breakfast in the RV? Honey Nut Cheerios!
Nicole is a 23-year-old living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Like Noah, she loves playing video games and eSports. Diagnosed at an early age with dyspraxia and dysgraphia, learning and attention issues that make reading and writing difficult, Nicole was told she could never go to college. She didn’t let that deter her from reaching her goal, and she recently graduated with a degree in business, marketing, and digital media! Nicole’s afraid that she’ll never fit the mold of a 9-5 job and may not be able to find a career path she’d like to follow. She hopes meeting people with similar challenges who pursued their dreams will build her confidence so she can do the same.
What will she be nomming for breakfast in the RV? Honey Bunches of Oats!
Stephanie is a 22-year-old from Los Angeles. She just graduated from college with a degree in Communications and is very interested in the production side of the entertainment business. Stephanie has a non-verbal processing disorder. Growing up, she felt isolated by her learning and attention issue; it wasn’t until college that she realized she was part of a much larger cohort of people who view the world differently and who have harnessed their unique perspectives and strengths to achieve great things. Stephanie wants to show young people the many faces of learning and attention issues, so that they can see that they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to–not despite, but because of, their differences.
What will she be nomming for breakfast each morning in the RV? Quaker Oat Squares!
We’ll be sharing more from their adventure soon! Follow along on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag: #beingU!