Posted by justfoundout on July 10 2012 09:56 PM
What a hilarious success story! Good for you for getting that art degree. I've been saying, here on the forum, that any degree you can finish is a 'good degree'. People without dyscalculia have no idea how sad it is to look for something that you can actually 'do' and not find any options that don't include math. Even if it's math thats only one notch above what we are able to do, it's still unattainable. I mean, if we could do it, we'd have done it already.
I was enrolled in a BFA program (yep! made it through the portfolio review and got into the program) but my art is representational, and the teacher over the 'painting' concentration wasn't going to play around with giving me time to further develop even 'more' representation ability. She gave me a B. In the BFA, you know that the teacher over the 'concentration' you are going for is 'everything'. So, I jumped ship and am now finishing a BA in Spanish. Don't know quite what I'm going to do with it, since nobody will hire you to teach Spanish with just the BA. Need a Masters to teach Spanish.
And you made it into working within the School system, which is a great accomplishment. I can't get hired by my college. I've tried, but now I'm tired of getting dressed up, cramming my feet into 'heels', and being so nice in the interview, only to have the girl rush me out the door so that I don't bump into her next interview on my way out.
I didn't get the MLD diagnosis either on my first try. I attribute this to all the late night math homework that I did through High School. My math was just good enough to make it difficult to get the diagnosis. I had to be re-tested to get it. But in your case, it sounds like the psychologist might not have even been aware of dyscalculia. With 3rd grade math, you surely should have gotten the diagnosis.
If you have any desire to go back to college for more credentials, please do get tested. It will be the Wechsler IQ test, taking about 4 hours, and costing more than you want to pay. I'd say, at least $450, unless you get it done for free through your State Vocational rehabilitation agency. But you probably have too good of an employment record to qualify for that. Another possibility for cheaper testing is to be tested at a University with a Masters in Psychology program. Grad students need subjects to test.
So glad that you've come across our forum. Nice to meet you. - jus'
Edited by justfoundout on July 11 2012 03:40 PM