A prospective grad student has sent the following query to Disabled Philosophers:
I have been diagnosed with two major learning disabilities: Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. Given the doubt and outright disbelief about both being serious diagnoses, I am reluctant to mention either on my grad school applications despite the fact that the mention would go a long way to explaining the apparent inconsistencies in my academic record. One of them is easily treatable via psychopharmaceuticals, the other is simply a fact of life that makes spelling and arithmetic take longer. What I would like to hear about from the community is this: is it worth the trouble to mention these as disabilities?
Since Disabled Philosophers isn’t a discussion forum, we thought we’d post this here instead. What do readers think?