Matthew Strickland goes to a k-12 public school in Washington County, Alabama called Leroy High School. He has dyslexia and ADD,
"Dyslexia is a living pain," he said recently, in describing his disorder. "The worst part is that I have trouble with most of my subjects at school. Right now science is really difficult."
His accomodations are to do less homework than his classmates, and his spelling difficulties are not counted against him.
Spelling has been a huge struggle for Matthew. Since his diagnosis, teachers do not count off for spelling errors. Because it takes him twice as long to complete a task, he is often given about half the work as the other students to complete.
"That makes other students and some of their parents think he is getting an unfair advantage," said Matthew's father, Dwain Strickland. "What they don't realize is that it is a lot more difficult for him to complete lessons than the average student."
Matthew sounds like a delightful young man and I wish him all success.