Have you thought about what your child will be doing five, 10 or 15 years from now as a young adult?
Imagining your child’s future can create feelings of uncertainty. But it can also raise some amazing possibilities!
We’ve seen so many people with learning and attention issues make their mark on the world. Some famous examples come to mind, like entrepreneur Richard Branson and director Steven Spielberg. And there are many more great career and life paths that aren’t as known.
Now, we’re partnering with Roadtrip Nation, an organization dedicated to helping people find career and life fulfillment, to help you and your child explore these paths. Together we created Being You, a documentary that follows three young people with learning and attention issues as they travel around the country on a four-week road trip seeking to find their roads in life and define their possible futures.
The “road-trippers” interviewed interesting and inspiring people who, like them, have learning and attention issues. Each person they talked to had a unique story to tell. And each has built a life of personally fulfilling work.
Through Being You, your family can learn about how people with learning and attention issues have forged successful careers. And you can use our free Being You discussion guide to help your child unlock strengths, find a fulfilling career path, and discover what’s possible for people with learning and attention issues.
Download the “Being You” Discussion Guide
To help you start a conversation with your child, Roadtrip Nation and Understood have put together a discussion guide. It includes questions to ask and conversation starters. The guide is a powerful tool that can help you help your child think about the future.
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Meet the Road-Trippers
To take you on this journey, Roadtrip Nation chose three road-trippers with diverse learning and attention issues. These three young people will be your eyes and ears on the Being You road trip.
Stephanie is 21. Growing up, she thought she was the only one who learned differently. It wasn’t until young adulthood that she realized she wasn’t alone. Although she was told she’d never reach college, Stephanie just graduated with a degree in communications.
Career-wise, she wants to explore the production side of the entertainment industry. Her hope is to show other young people what they can accomplish when they find their passions and strengths. Stephanie has been identified with a nonverbal learning disability.
Nicole is 23. At a young age, she was identified with learning and attention issues that made reading and writing difficult. She’s always had to work harder to do what many others consider simple tasks.
Nicole has a college degree in business, marketing and digital media. Currently, she has an office job, but she isn’t sure it’s the right fit for her. One of her goals is to build her confidence by meeting people with similar challenges who have pursued their dreams. She’s been identified with dysgraphia and dyspraxia.
Noah is 18 and graduating from high school. He loves gaming and is thinking about a career in the video game industry, but he isn’t sure where to begin. He also enjoys being active and being outdoors. Finding mentors and role models who have achieved their goals is very important to Noah. He’s been identified with ADHD and dyslexia.
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